The sex harassment claim leading to the suspension of the chairman of the Ambrose Alli University (AAU) branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr. Monday Igbafen, by the university has taken a new dimension with the family of the woman allegedly sexually harassed by the lecturer demanding an apology from the school.
The institution in its Feb. 13, 2019 News Bulletin announced the suspension of the philosophy lecturer after he was accused of gross misconduct bordering on sexual harassment and threats of marks foe sex allegedly targeted against Itohan Okhihie in 2011.
However, the accused lecturer denied the allegations, insisting he was being blackmailed by the authorities over his stand against some alleged shady deals in the school.
J.A Okhihie had in a petition to the school on behalf of the Okhihie family, demanded punishment for Igbafen for demanding sex for marks from their daughter.
But the Okhihie family has disowned the alleged petitioner, describing him as faceless. They also described him as faceless adding that they did not ask the university to reopen investigation into the case which according to them was resolved in 2011.
J.O Udaze, Lawyer for the family, in a petition dated March 1, 2019 and addressed to the school said his clients were shocked that the case was reopened in 2018/2019 by “wicked and malevolent elements who have purposes of their own to serve”.
According to the petition by the family, the matter is threatening Itohan Omoike’s marriage.
“There is no J.A. Okhihie in my clients’ family and the said J.A. Okhihie had no mandate from my clients to dig and rake into the matter under reference which to my clients is as dead,” the petition read in part.
Meanwhile, Igbafen has petitioned the police over alleged forgery and criminal defamation by Onimawo. He claims that J.A Okhihie’s petition against him was forged, calling for an investigation into the matter.