A graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University has revealed how her lecturer sexually harassed her.
A female graduate of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife, said she was sexually harassed by one of her former lecturers, The Nation reports.
The graduate (name withheld) said she first noticed the lecturer’s lustful eyes when she was in 200 Level in one of the departments in the faculty.
She said the man found a way to lure her to his office where he declared his lust for her.
She said: “The first time was during a test. He told me to come to his office after the test, which I ignored.
“The second time was after his class in that same semester. I was outside with some people because the class was small.
“He asked all of us to come and write our names in his office. He delayed me till everyone wrote theirs and he said he wanted to be my friend.
“I said okay. He said I should be coming to his office often and I told him I had heard him. I never went to his office because I confided in a senior colleague who told me he was not someone I could be friends with.
“From then on, I noticed he was always looking at me somehow whenever we met at the department. But I shrugged it off.
“Information later reached me that my name and matriculation number were pasted on a board in his office. That was in 300 Level. So after exams, during the break, I didn’t go home because I was a union officer. I went to his office.
“And the first thing he told me was: ‘I knew you would come to my office when you saw your results.’
“I was shocked. I asked what he meant and he said I should not worry but he was confident I would come to his office when my results were out, especially the ones he was taking us.
“I knew where the discussion was heading to. He was the Head of Department (HoD) at the time.
“I told him to let me see my scores. According to him, I had 33 and 29 in the course he handled.
“Sincerely, I didn’t know when I burst into laughter and I told him that those could never be my scores. He said really?
“He was the HOD. He wielded so much power. So I started begging him instead and he asked if I was ready to do whatever it would take to score a good grade. I asked what he meant by that and he replied by touching my breasts and private part. I moved his hands away and he said it meant I was not ready.
“I asked him what he wanted precisely and he said sex. I begged him to take me as his daughter, assuring him that I would not run away from him again, because he kept saying I ran away.
“I also told him I would be coming to his office regularly to run errands for him. He kept laughing at me and said that was the only thing he wanted.
“I told him I was going to think about it.”
Confused, the alleged sex-for-marks scandal victim explained that she saw an elderly man when she went to fetch water one morning and opened up to him, seeking advice.
She said the man took her to another HoD who asked questions and also asked for evidence. She had to go back to the randy lecturer pretending that all was well.
“The next day, I sent him a text and he replied. I then went to his office and I recorded our conversation. He insisted on having sex with me that day and told me to go and wait for him in his personal office. I went to his office to take pictures of my name pasted in his office and I left.
“He then started sending me messages to come back. I told him I could not because I didn’t want people to see me.”
The matter was eventually resolved, but the lecturer gave me an E grade in all the courses he taught me thereafter.”