A former lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University( OAU) Professor Francis Fakoya is under investigation by his present employees, St. George’s University, Grenada, Caribbean Island; Northumbria University, Newcastle, United Kingdom for sexually harassing a former medical student of the Obafemi Awolowo University Dr. Funke Dezarn.
Dr. Funke Dezarn had named and shamed Fakoya on social media, touching on a long-standing discourse on the prevalence of sexual harassment by university lecturers on students. Meanwhile three universities have begun investigations into allegations of sexual harassment against Fakoya and these are: St. George’s University, Grenada, Caribbean Island; Northumbria University, Newcastle, United Kingdom; and OAU.
St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies, where Fakoya currently teaches as a Professor of Histology and Cell Biology, had announced that it was conducting an investigation into the allegations. St.Georges University in its official facebook page announced as follows:
“St. George’s University has been made aware of allegations against a member of its faculty, while previously employed by a university in Nigeria. At SGU, we take all allegations of sexual misconduct very seriously. In light of these allegations, a thorough investigation into this matter has been initiated and appropriate action will be taken”
Northumbria University, Newcastle, United Kingdom where Fakoya also have an affiliation has also said in response to an email to Punch Newspaper Correspondent sent to its Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Andrew Wathey, “We have been made aware of allegations against a member of staff at one of our partner institutions, St. George’s University, while he was previously employed by a university in Nigeria.
“We also understand that St. George’s University is undertaking a thorough investigation into the matter, and naturally we will support this where appropriate. Northumbria University takes all allegations of sexual misconduct extremely seriously.” In a statement signed by OAU’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Abiodun Olarewaju, the university had described the allegations against Fakoya as “grievous.”
The university said, “Fakoya had left the services of the university about 15 years ago. The allegation against him, which purportedly occurred while still in the employment of the university, is considered by the management to be too grievous.
“We are prepared to fully cooperate with the Medical School of St. George’s University, Caribbean Island, the alleged victim(s), and/or any other group, to fully investigate the allegation and get to the root of the matter.”