Monica Osagie

The lawyer of Miss Osagie who championed the probe of sexual harassment, Dr. Mrs. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, has lauded the decision of the management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) sacking Professor Richard Akindele of the Department of Management Accounting at the university.

The lawyer while reacting to the decision of the school described it as the right decision.

While noting that is a well-deserved action taken, she said it was a victory not for Monica alone but for all students in Nigerian schools.

She said: “It’s an unprecedented victory. We hope it will be a lesson for other predators. It’s been a tortuous journey. We do hope lessons are learnt by all.

“For the institutions, it’s important moving forward that mechanisms are in place to checkmate sexual harassment. There should be a whistleblower policy that can protect informants from being further victimised.

“School system should be more accessible and sensitive to students situations. We commend OAU for ensuring that justice is seen as done. It should send a warning that sexual harassment is an offence never to be treated with impunity. We commend the bravery of Monica for daring to speak out.”

It will be recalled that the management of the university has announced the sacking of the lecturer after considering the report of the probe panel as upheld by the Senate and Governing Council of the university.

The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede announced the decision of the university at a press conference addressed at the university.

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