Sex-For –Grade Scandal: Judith Okosun’s Lawyer Sheds Light On What Transpired

As the campus of the Edo State-owned Ambrose Alli University in Ekpoma boils with tension over the sex-for-grade scandal there, the lawyer to the 400-level Mechanical Engineering student at the centre of it, Judith Okosun, today told SaharaReporters that not only had the authorities of the university and the police had been aware of the scandal since July 21 2010, they had tried to cover it up.

This assertion is contrary to the statement made by the university Public Relations Officer to Saharareporters last weekend that they didn’t know about the scandal until it was published on the Internet.  The state government then instructed the authorities to probe the incident immediately, and to report by today.

Ms. Okosun’s Benin-based lawyer, Tom Oaikhinan, told Saharareporters that as soon as the incident happened on July 17th 2010, the authorities were alerted to it.  He said the police stepped in took statements from both the student and Professor P.O. Otubu, the lecturer who is at the center of the sexual harassment allegation.

He said as soon as the case was brought to his attention he called on Mr. Otubu ascertain what had happened.  The lecturer, he said, was unwilling to discuss any details; he wanted the case settled without any further investigations.

Mr. Oaikhinan stated further that following the publication of the video of the encounter; the police turned around to demand of his client a further statement. But he said he resisted and instead wrote a petition to the Edo State governor, who is the Visitor to the university, this morning.
Narrating to Saharareporters what transpired, he said Judith had not given in to the sexual advances of the professor at all, contrary to the impression that has been circulated that he slept with her before. “What happened is that when engineer P.O. Otubu failed her in his course, Judith and her classmates went to meet him to ask why he failed her in her course but he wouldn’t allow others into his office, requesting instead to meet my client (Judith) alone in his office. He asked her for her phone number and told her that she will pass the course if they can become romantically involved.”

Mr. Oaikhinan added that after the lecturer had obtained his client’s phone number, he started sending a series of amorous text messages to her and pestering her.  “When Judith would not give in, he promised to see her in her room to change the marks. But my client was frustrated, and planned to expose the harassment. When he came into her room, he started getting aggressive with her, leading to a scuffle that attracted other students to the scene.”

Asked why the lecturer was forced to sign a cheque under duress, he said it was never under duress, stating that he signed the cheque for Judith in order to get away with his crimes of sexual harassment. He said Mr. Otubu promised N500, 000 to Judith to buy her silence and that the N100, 000 cheque was his down payment. “The cheque was Judith’s strong evidence that the lecturer was in her room and tried to buy her silence after she protested against his antics, and the police in Ekpoma have the cheque as we speak,” he told Saharareporters.

Continuing his account, he said that after Judith resisted his attempt to force her, he tried to flee the scene naked, but that the other students didn’t let it happen because they want to put an end to chronic problem of sexual harassment in the university. The lawyer disclosed described Judith (who is his own niece), as an “honest and ambitious” student who went to study engineering in order to prove the point that females can do great things in life.  He lamented that “randy lecturers” in Nigeria’s higher institutions of learning simply ruin the lives of the young female students and “our chauvinistic society provides support by claiming that my client was a cultist, kidnapper and extortionist.”

Saharareporters also spoke with the police public relations officer, Peter Ogboi, but he denied that the case was ever reported to the police, claiming that only an anonymous caller made him aware of the case on Friday night. Asked if the police prosecutes cases of sexual harassments in the state, he denied any knowledge of any active or rested case, but quickly added that students are free to come to the police to report cases of sexual harassment.

When our reporters reached the Chairman of the Ambrose Alli University branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr. Sunny Ighalo, he said the lecturer in question had not reported any case to the union, but admitted that his union was aware of the video since it had appeared on the internet.  He further confirmed that the police had begun investigations. When we asked to speak with Engineer Otubu, he said he didn’t have his phone number.

Mr. Oaikhinan however said that Judith response to a query sent to her by the university authorities would have to follow the outcome of his petition to the governor. He promised to protect his client and urged other female students with similar experiences to speak up.

 

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Judith Na Cheap Ashewo

Judith is nothing but a cheap ashewo and her lawyer probbably qualified through sorting. His story is so stupid and annoying

Judith's previous grades should be probed how can that girl who cannot speak english be a 400 level student?

Otubu should be sanctioned if he broke any law. He was sleeping with her but did not pass her. is it an offence for 2 consenting adults to have sex? if he had passed her, that would have been the crime

The qualification of this

The qualification of this Lawyer is suspect. He really needs to get his head examined. Is it the video we watched and the transcript we read that he is talking about? The Judith I saw in the clips does not fit the definition of a student.

RANDY LECTURES URE TIME IS UP

@isioku my dear well said everyone knows what has been going on in these universities the female students have suffered in silence for too long on sextual abuse KUDUS to judith and her friends this is a great achivement this is just the begining u have paved a new way. i have no pity for the lectuera what so ever even if they were lieying the 1st question is what is he doing in the student hostel??????

i still think.....

i still think that judith went extra miles by her actions.every party, one way or the other is guilty.@ least these has brought liberation to the girls who have been under the shackles of these lecturers......judith should'nt be victimized by the school authorities and lecturers.
lecturers who engage in all this should hence forth sit tight.

@ Isioku, I personally invite

@ Isioku, I personally invite you to substantial your claims on this page. Your story portrays you as very ignorant of the workings of the system and process. It is a shame that you can come to this page and disparage your own certificate. The mere fact that you named a university and department not associated with the current drama shows how intelligent you are indeed. I am aware that more than 18 lecturers got dismissed from Unizik in 5 years on account of issues involving male/female students. There are proven laid down procedures for dealing with issues of sexual harassment in Unizik. Normal female students go about their academic work deligently at Unizik because safeguards are in place to protect them from any form of molestation, victimization or harassment. Your category of female students go about looking for male lecturers to harass with their half naked body. This group don't attend lectures, don't do assignments and surely can't pass exams. They do everything to attract the attention of the male lectures including buying them presents and sending provocative text messages. This category of female students are know even by their fellow students. To which category did you and your 2 so called friends belong?
However, I am not saying that there are no stupid amorous lecturers but there are safegurads in the University system to protect any serious minded harding female student. students.

@ Isioku, I personally invite

@ Isioku, I personally invite you to substantial your claims on this page. Your story portrays you as very ignorant of the workings of the system and process. It is a shame that you can come to this page and disparage your own certificate. The mere fact that you named a university and department not associated with the current drama shows how intelligent you are indeed. I am aware that more than 18 lecturers got dismissed from Unizik in 5 years on account of issues involving male/female students. There are proven laid down procedures for dealing with issues of sexual harassment in Unizik. Normal female students go about their academic work deligently at Unizik because safeguards are in place to protect them from any form of molestation, victimization or harassment. Your category of female students go about looking for male lecturers to harass with their half naked body. This group don't attend lectures, don't do assignments and surely can't pass exams. They do everything to attract the attention of the male lectures including buying them presents and sending provocative text messages. This category of female students are know even by their fellow students. To which category did you and your 2 so called friends belong?
However, I am not saying that there are no stupid amorous lecturers but there are safegurads in the University system to protect any serious minded harding female student. students.

Publish the Amorous Text Messages too

Lets put all these sex predators on campuses called lecturers to shame. SR please obtain and publish some of these amorous text messages for the world to see. Well done SR for your contribution in sanitizing Nigeria, together we will weed out this cancer of corruption from our land.

Shameful

The girl should be charged for kidnapping and ransom taking. She must be very unserious with her studies. She failed her exams and she expected the lecturer to give her a pass mark because they are dating or what? that is arrant nonsense. She must be prosecuted. i watched the video and shed tears. It is a clear case of a setup. What will be the case of the lecturer's family now? i am so ashamed.

Nigeria is a big disgrace in Africa

Conderm the lecturers act and leave Judith alone. She was courageous to expose this man and others should follow same. The issue we as a country should be tackling is how to deal with these professors who molest young girls. It´s a national problem and 2 out of 3 girls in the university is approached by her lecturer. Say no to evil and disgrace randy useless men who torment women both at instituitions and work places.

brilliant assesment

I just love your view on the issue. You are just my kind of lady.
Have a lovely day

sex for grade scandal

I have this to say; 1. To Sahara reporters, why did you pull the video? The truth should be left for all to see anytime. 2. Sexual harrassment has always been in Higher institutions. The fact that a victim has tried to protect herself should be commended. 3. The University authority has failed its primary responsibility of protecting its students. They are very much aware of what goes on in the system. There are ways to verify if the student failed or not. can someone please respond; WHAT IS THE LECTURER DOING IN THE GIRLS ROOM!!!?? Even if the girl had allowed it to happen before, who do YOU ALL blame? No wonder the decay that has plagued the Nigerian Education System. Most Academicians, be it VCs, Professors e.t.c. are not worthy of their positions. All they are concerned about is the politics of the game. PLEASE BRING THIS LECTURER TO JUSTICE.(if it exists anymore)

Why are you blaming the lady for Exposing Indecency?

You guys that are supporting this useless Otubu should be punished by God for your sin against women. This man must have being doing this for a while and there must be ladies out there who may have been molested before but could not come out because of people like you. If the stupid man is clean, what is he doing in that room? You can easily read in his face that he is guilty of the act and should be prosecuted and the lady should be vindicated to discourage indecency in our institutions

A case of Entrapment &

A case of Entrapment & Extortion.

AMBROSE ALLI UNIVERSITY

This lawyer has made his client(Judith's) defence as seaworthy as a sieve.With this narrative, she is already out of the cultists and robbers' den that is called a University.

Interesting

This is a very interesting scenario...the cups of the duo are full. From my observation and analysis, the prof has been victimizng other students, and the Judith has been an unserious and a cultist.

Also, the prof and Judith have been doing their thing for sometime (thats why the gal did not found it strange to watch and strive to touch prof's manhood, a.k.a john thomas,) but may be Judith thought that he should have awarded her grades this time around without touching her again.

BOTH SHOULD BE PROSECUTED!

SAHARAREPORTERS THANKS FOR YOUR NEW SITE, THAT SHOWS THAT AN ORGANIZATION IS WORKING...ALWAYS REBRANDING (not Akuyilli's type) KUDOS!!! I LOVE SR.

Two Semesters of Grace for Ambrose Alli Female Students

Why are people blaming this girl and calling her a whore? She just exposed a scapegoat and bought the female students of Ambrose Ali atleast 2 semesters of freedom to work hard and pass by merit without stress or to party hard/loaf around and fail accordingly. That's the way life should be. There must be consequences for actions.

Who doesn't know of the "Mr. Lecturer" stories in Nigeria? Anyone who is in support of this man is a bad person and deserves to be exposed too. Simple human dignity and the laws of right and wrong demand that the man does not visit his student in the first place. For what? He has business with her only in the classroom. Are you kidding me?

May this be the fate of more University lecturers who demand sex and sorting from students for grades. Sorry to his wife and daughters/soms, you deserve to know the kind of creature your father is. This too will pass!!

Hypocrites

It is curious indeed that the only people castigating Judith and defending Otubu are men. It just shows that they are misogynists. This girl stood up to this idiot in her own "crude" way. That does not mean she is the offender. The offender remains Otubu who was pestering her for sex. I challenge him to explain what he was doing in that room.

I think the so called lawyer

I think the so called lawyer is biased,this is very shameful. The so called Judith does not look like an undergraduate on account of her behavior that speak more of a wild ???. And this story has to really be investigated to get at the true story.

Sexual harassment

The lawyer cannot even present his client/niece's case.If he tells any investigative panel this, surely Judith will go to jail.

THE LAWYERS WITH THEIR LIARS!

After watching the video clip of the scene, one would have expected the lecturer and judith to bury their heads in shame. But for the lawyer, he is a disgrace to his colleagues who defends legality, morality and dignity. In the first place, there is need to scruitinise the academic records of this lawyer. The authorities should use this case to serve as deterrant to others. The Lecturer, Judith and her cohorts should be prosecuted according to the provision of the law.

They both have a case to answer

what happened was very unfortunate but I am afraid that the lawyer's argument does not "add up"at all.....i.e no coherence. Not too sure the lawyer would go far with this.

Lets watch as events unfold..........

WAS THE PROF PREACHING OR LECTURING IN THE GIRL'S ROOM?

SEXUAL HARRASMENT IS NOT NEW IN OUR INSTITUTIONS..AND THIS STORY IS NOT IN ANY WAY STRANGE..THE COURAGE OF EXPOSING THIS PROF SHOULD NOT BE MURDERED.IF THE PROF IS INNOCENT..WHY DID HE GO TO THE GIRL'S ROOM..DID HE GO TO PREACH OR TUTORIAL?LET US FACE THE FACT AND ENCOURAGE OTHER MOLESTATED LADIES TO EXPOSE INTIMIDATING LECTURERS.
SOME OF US ARE TALKING OF SET UP AND DEMAND FOR MONEY...WHEN THE STORY HAS IT THAT THE CHEQUE IS WITH THE POLICE AND WAS NEVER CASHED.SO WHAT ARE WE SAYING..SAY NO TO HARRASMENT OF OUR LADIES..E FIT BE YOUR DAUGHTER OR WIFE.

am a female undergraduate and

am a female undergraduate and not ignorant of the things a lecturer can do to make your life miserable if you refuse to co-operate with him. some male lecturers are terrible people who do not have the fear of God in them and use their positions to opress female students.The girl reports, and she is labelled a blackmailer,and she gets into even more trouble. It's very sad. This just goes to show how the decayed the system is in Nigeria.The lecturer should be dismissed.

careless lecturer vs idiotic students

from what saw in the video, it is absolutely clear that Judith and her co-planners were the award winners of the "most unintelligent student" reality show in Nigeria.

the video did not cover where the Pro. was asking for sex or molesting Judith, it did not show Judith naked, it did not show when the man was pulling his cloth off...what an unintelligent set-up by this Judith.

The video only shows:
1. a man with a toiled clothes...who toiled his cloth?
2. a man under duress being asked to sign a cheque
3. a man being beaten and dragged naked by Judith...too bad
4. a well dressed Judith claiming to be sexually molested

the truth is this lecturer has been having sex with this student, but somewhere along the line Judith and her friends decided to take advantage of the foolish old man. if not what else would take a professor of engineering to a students' room, least of all a girl that can not make a single correct English...

Am a student of engineering and i know how the game is played....if want to set-up a man do it intelligently...if u want to have sex with your student (for lecturers) do it in a hotel arranged by you and never fail a student because of sex...;cos many girls are not ready to read (like Judith) and will give it for free asking for marks...

Lawyer I question your certificate... professor i also question your intelligence...and for Judith...u should go back to secondary school

lawyer u are wrong dead wrong

lawyer u are wrong dead wrong u are manipulating story

the lecturer is downright

the lecturer is downright classless....what is he doing with that kind of cheap slot...? the school authorities should expel the girl immediately and send the Professor to another university. We still need him in our academic system. I am sure he will go and sin no more..After this experience, he will never get close to any woman again....especially, if he has grown up children that may have been exposed to ridicule by this video..Judith is a shame to womanhood

We all had been student once

We all had been student once and know what happen. Its a too way issue. We know very well of girls that go to seek one on one attention with lecturers without their paints on, lure them and get the marks. Such girls don't read, they party, travel abroad or involve in high state and fedreal government parties and prostitution. Also, there are dirty lecturers that are ready to do anything for skirt, so what evidence is on ground to know what side we are talking about.

Did you go to school?

Some comments here make me very very sick. I don't know why some1 will single out the poor girl for blame. i went to school and i've had first hand experience of how these randy lecturers operate. it happened to 2 of my female friends in school and more instructively, we planned a similar thing Judith planned with her friends for a lecturer who wanted to sleep with my cousin for a final year course in statistics at UNIZIK. we almost caught him but he backed out at the dying minute and passed the poor girl. these students are at the mercy of these lecturers knowing that if they don't give in they may not graduate with their class. when any of them even summon up courage to petition the lecturer at the VC's, the info is leaked and other lecturers in the name of ASUU gang up against the student and the result is failing more courses. if you had ever applied for a re-mark of your examination script in school, you will know what i am talking about. they will fail you again and brand you a rebel. I think Judith and her friends should be commended for daring to expose one of these bastards for what they are. pray, what is a very senoir male lecturer doing in a female hostel? is that his office or class room. he sure had an intention to sleep with the poor girl.

What is the out come of the investigation?

The questions I keep asking without any answers are:
1)What was Prof. Otubu doing or looking for in a female students room?
2)Why was he half naked?
3)Has the department incharge of academic records called for Otubus' scripts and marks book to asertain how he has been fairing in his discharge of duties?Or why the so called student failed Otubus course?
4)Have the texts messages that the lawyer claims Otubu sent the female student been retrieved?This is retrievable from the telecom sevices provider used by Otubu and the student respectively and this can even show date and time the messages were sent.
5)Why did Otubu sign the cheque?Was it sex for marks or sex for money or both or what?
No stone should be left unturned.Teachers and students should be taught a hard lesson to deter them from all this nonsense.

What!

Why are we disturbing the lady instead i think we should salute her courage to have taken that measure to expose such a lecturer that has defiled all effort by the school and police in bringing him tok book.This will serve as a deterent to so many of such lecturers across the walls of university in this nation.I read a comment that advised that Judith be rusticated;for what will she be rusticated?

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