OAU lecturer claims he was wrongly dismissed

You remember the OAU lecturer that was dismissed in a post we shared earlier?, Dr Adebayo Mosobalaje, has claimed that he was “wrongly” dismissed by the university management for alleged sexual assault.

In an exclusive interview with The PUNCH, on Wednesday, Mosobolaje faulted the Governing Council for acting contrary to the recommendations of the Joint Senate and Council Disciplinary Panel.

According to him, no student wrote a petition against him.

The PUNCH had reported that Mosobolaje was dismissed by OAU Governing Council after an alleged sexual demeanor against a female student.

The OAU management in a statement on Tuesday said Mosobolaje violated sections of the University’s regulation.

But the lecturer, who is one of the key players in the crisis rocking the academic staff unions at OAU, debunked the allegations against him, noting that he would appeal the decision of the Governing Council.

How it started

The PUNCH gathered that the female student was admitted into OAU in 2013.

In 2017, the female student was said to have visited Mosobalaje in his office for further instructions on her final year project work when the alleged sexual assault reportedly happened.

On July 5, 2018, a petition that indicted the lecturer was sent to the university’s vice-chancellor, Eyitope Ogunbodede.

Based on the report, an investigative panel was set up by the VC and the lecturer had to resign as a member of the university’s governing council representing the convocation.

Mosobolaje denied the allegations when he appeared before the investigative panel.

Reacting to the dismissal on Wednesday, he clarified that he tendered evidence of how a member of the Centre for Gender, an organ of the University that wrote the letter of complaint, had previously threatened his job before the panel.

Mosobolaje said, “The lady in question recorded the audio in 2017 but the University started the investigation in 2018. The Centre for Gender, an organ of the University wrote the letter of complaint on behalf of the lady. So, the Centre was the complaint and members of the Centre were also invited by the University Investigative Panel as witnesses.

“I appeared once before the Investigative Panel and also once before the Joint Senate and Council Disciplinary Panel which was the trial proper

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