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Monday, August 20, 2018



Do you remember Miss Monica Osagie, a graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University, on whose account, a professor of Economics in the University,  Professor Richard Akindele was sacked over allegation that he demanded sex from Monica?

She said she is now regretting her action.

In  a chat with  newsmen, Monica said her life has been miserable since she exposed the sex-for-mark scandal.

On how her parents are handling the issue presently, Monica said "My dad supported my action but my aunts were of the opinion that I shouldn’t have exposed him (Prof Akindele) because, by exposing him, I will also expose myself as well. They insisted that my action would not help my future but I have done what I think was proper already.

She said she is being stigmatized because of the incident. "I received a lot of threats from many social media users. I suffered physical harassment at public places, especially in the banking halls. I also received a series of calls from strangers who would address me as “ashawo”  “home wrecker” and “career destroyer.” People accused me of destroying the career of the professor."

On how she and her family are handling the stigma, Monica said " my dad is greatly worried because he paid my Master’s degree fees and I had yet to get my certificate. I read the lies that were published in favour of Professor Akindele where the vice-chancellor said I was no longer a student of the school and that I failed too many courses. Thank God, each time our results were pasted in the secretary’s office, I always wrote my grade so they can’t manipulate my result."

She said she purposely did the recording of the telephone conversation with her lecturer "because I needed a listening ear to help me to plead with Professor Akindele so that he could leave me alone but he wouldn’t. He called my phone constantly requesting to know where I live in school so that he could visit me. There was a time he called after a church service on a Sunday, asking me if I had changed my mind and had agreed with his terms but I blatantly said no!"

Monica said she was the one who posted the recordings on the social media which went viral. "I submitted the audio to a woman in the Guidance and Counseling Department and the rest is histor. I read the defence of Prof. Akindele where he levelled some allegations against me. The account of the incident as presented by Professor Akindele is really hilarious. The reason I didn’t say anything then was that I didn’t see the need to. A drowning man will say anything to set himself free, let alone a disgraced professor."

According to her, "He lied in that same news report that I came into his office and that I exposed my body by not wearing pant and bra and that I was wearing a gown. Well, those who know me well know that I don’t own gowns as I’m always in jeans trousers, sneakers or slippers. How then would I have exposed my body? Again, the day I went into his office to check my result was the day we rounded off our final paper. And we all went to take a group picture. Later, when I was told by the class governor that our result was out and that we should go and check it at the secretary’s office. One of my course mates walked up to me and said she saw my result with Professor Akindele and that I failed it. I told her that he had not pasted our results in his custody but she insisted that she saw mine with him. I wondered how she saw it then. She confessed to me that she went to his office where he showed her the score sheet and she noticed that I failed. I then asked her if it’s possible for her to go with me and plead on my behalf to see the result because I couldn’t go alone since the man had earlier asked me to date him when I edited a book for him."

On whether the lady follow her to Prof. Akindele’s office, she said "Yes.  When she went into his office, he asked her to call me in and I agreed to go in with her.  When I got into his office, he was sitting on his three-seater couch and the lady that types for him was seated in front of the laptop. I got in, greeted him and I told him what my course mate had told me earlier and he asked for my registration number. Then, he brought out a piece of paper and said I failed. I requested to see it but he refused to show it to me saying it’s against the university’s policy to disclose results when it has not been pasted. Then, he kept flipping the paper in the air saying “see, see” you failed! You know you don’t know anything yet you didn’t come and see me sooner than now. Then I asked him to show me my script but he refused."

Monica claimed "He said I should stop questioning him so I asked him what he wanted me to  do and he said you know what to do. He demonstrated what he wanted with his hands raising his full palm in the air which signifies five times and pointed to his manhood at first.  I pretended not to know what he was talking about, then he told the lady that was typing for him that he wanted to go get his prayer book at home so I stepped out of his office with him. It was in his office verandah that he told me that I should sleep with him five times before anything can be done, then I said I just want to see my script. That was when he walked out on me.

On What happened next, she said "When I got home, I was devastated so I told a friend of mine about it. He asked me to call the professor so that I could record him. My friend believed he was just trying to woo me since I know that I didn’t fail the course. After editing a book for him, he asked me to sit on his lap which I refused so, I got up to leave his office then he noticed a tattoo by the side of my tummy because I was wearing a waist-high trouser with a cropped top then he said can you date me and I said no he asked why I refused his offer and told him because he is married and old. I also told him that I don’t date lecturers."

"I know that the ICPC is investigating the case as a matter of fact my phone is still in their custody since the last seven weeks. I had to go and retrieve my line because I use the line for business. I was invited for questioning. Yes, but I really don’t know why because the professor said I am psychotic. Unfortunately, when I went for the investigation, the man questioning us agreed that I am psychotic because I am temperamental and my voice was harsh. For a government official to pass such a judgment on me when he had yet to take me to a doctor for examination, made me to lose confidence in the ICPC investigation." She added.

According to her "I wish Professor Akindele should be charged to court. First, for assassinating my character, the psychological trauma he put me through in school due to that I couldn’t give my best when I did my project which got my supervisor saying something negative and this happened to be the same man I complained to that Professor Akindele was sexually harassing me yet he did nothing but ended up shutting me out and pretended I never tried going through the right channel to complain about such nasty act. He has no remorse for what he did, the lives he had ruined due to his corrupt act. For this reasons he should be charged to court."

"I have been threatened on so many occasions and I am yet to get a job since then. The last job interview I went for about three weeks ago, the guy asked if I was “ the Monica Osagie” and I said yes and the next thing he said was sorry ma, we don’t need a whistle-blower  My lawyers are saying that I should be silent and should not say a word but if I don’t speak out my mind. My image is going to be tarnished and I wouldn’t want a situation where my future kids won’t be proud of their mother. I spoke out when no one could if by exposing Akindele by playing along makes me crazy then no problem at all. I will gladly do it all over again." Monica concluded.

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