A Nigerian professor who allegedly offered to change a student’s marks in return for sexual favours has been dismissed from his position.
Richard Akindele was fired from his job as an accounting lecturer at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in south-western Nigeria after Monica Osagie decided to publish a conversation in which he said he would increase her grades if she slept with him.
The recording went viral, prompting comments in parliament and across social media.
The “scandalous” behaviour had, OAU Vice-Chancellor Eyitope Ogunbodede said in a statement, “brought ridicule to the name of the university” and “tarnished” its reputation.
According to Professor Ogunbodede, Professor Akindele said Miss Osagie knew she had passed but “was seeking to score an A” and was actually sexually harassing him.
However, the vice-chancellor said this version of events “cannot be supported by any evidence”.
Professor Akindele has not yet commented on the findings.