- The church members of the OAU lecturer nailed a sex-for-mark scandal has reacted
- The interviewed church members confirmed that male voice in the leaked sex-for-mark audio is that of the professor
- The professor’s wife also reportedly blamed the devil for her “husband’s trouble”
The male voice in the leaked sex-for-mark audio which has put Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife in public glare since Monday, April 9 is that of Professor Richard Akindele of the school’s Faculty of Administration, the lecturer’s church members have confirmed.
A spokesperson of the school had earlier said the institution was investigating the matter.
However, several members and a reverend of the Anglican Diocese of Ife, Osun state who spoke to Premium Times on Tuesday, April 10, said they had listened to the audio and could confirm it was Professor Akindele who was heard demanding sex to pass a female student in the recording.
NAIJ.com gathered that Akindele, a Professor of Management and Accounting, is also a minister in the church.
According to Premium Times, several students and staff of Akindele’s department had earlier confirmed the male voice was that of the embattled teacher before the church members spoke.
It was also gathered that the lady who nailed him is a final year student, who failed a course taught by Akindele.
Premium Times noted that efforts to get the lecturer’s reaction have not been successful since Monday. He is yet to publicly speak on the scandal.
One of the professor’s church members, who spoke in anonymity, said: “There is no need for any computer to test the voice. The voice in the leaked audio is exactly that of Reverend Richard Akindele. However, the man is too gentle for such act. The lady purposely set him up.”
Through an interview with another member, also seeking anonymity, it was gathered that co-worshippers visited Akindele’s residence Tuesday morning but met only his wife, who reportedly blamed the devil for her pastor “husband’s trouble.”
The source, a woman, said: “When we heard the news, some of us were surprised. We were at his house very early this (Tuesday) morning but only met his wife who said the devil is at work to soil the name of her husband.”
A cleric in the church who simply identified himself as Reverend Adeola said: “Although, the voice I heard is that of Reverend Akindele, I doubt he can do that. I’m not in best position to speak. But what I can say for free is that I know him to be a man of God, generous and easy going.”
A press conference earlier slated to hold was cancelled by the school on Tuesday.
The vice chancellor, Eyitope Ogunbodede, reportedly called the spokesperson of the school, Abiodun Olanrewaju, to cancel the conference and, instead, inform the press that the management would release a statement before the end of Tuesday.
But as at Wednesday morning, the school is yet to release the said statement, Premium Times confirmed.
NAIJ.com previously reported that Professor Akindele was not aware that the student was recording the phone call conversation when he requested to sleep with her five times.
Listening to the audio recordings, the professor disclosed that the young lady scored 33 and if she was not ready to give in to his demands, she would retake his course.
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