Political science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Edward Gyampo could not hold back his tears when he appeared before his students, following his involvement in a recent sex-for-grades documentary by BBC.
KanyiDaily had reported that Prof Gyampo was involved in a sex-for-grade scandal which was exposed in a video by BBC Africa where an undercover journalist, Kiki Mordi, disguised as a 17-year-old admission seeker.
The outspoken lecturer, who has been trending the whole day, was seen crying in class after he was booed by the students he came to teach during a class session.
Prof Gyampo has subsequently denied his involvement in the saga and threatened to sue the BBC for defaming him.
While he did not deny participating in the act, the lecturer listed several reasons why the BBC’s investigation were “wrong and manipulative”.
Professor Gyampo insisted that the lady was not a student of the University of Ghana as such there was no way he could have influenced her grades, but never denied that the filmed incidences happened.
He also insisted that the lady set him up and led him on (to the point that he wanted to kiss her), to totally destroy his reputation, he referred to the issue as a case of the colonial masters throwing the yoke of colonialism on Africans again!
Read his full statement below:
Good Afternoon Folks,
1. I have been counseled to be silent on a matter of entrapment masterminded by a certain unscrupulous people, with the aid of BBC (African Eye) against me.
2. Unfortunately, my students this afternoon also insisted that I say something to clear the air. I am grateful to them for the support they showed me this afternoon. I am grateful to all my friends for the numerous phone calls and messages to show solidarity. For my haters who were expecting to see a worst video, and actually texted to rejoice over what they think is going to be my downfall, I forgive them.
3. I have a lot to say about this matter. But I am suing the BBC for defamation tomorrow, so I will keep some of the facts to myself for now.
4. Let me state, however, that I have not involved myself in the BBC’s so-called sex for grades and will never do so. Their own video documentary evidence could not establish this. I am aware of my University’s Sexual Harassment Policy and I have always adhered to its dogmas.
5. The lady involved in my informal conversation, was not my student and she wasn’t also a student from the University of Ghana where I teach. I, therefore, cannot decipher how I could manipulate the grade of a non-student. The BBC ignored all her contributions to our conversation. They ignored all her messages she sent to me. They ignored my objections and letters written to refute their allegations. They also edited the video to suit their purpose.
6. While I prepare to sue the BBC for carrying out the most bogus and unprofessional piece of documentary in the world so far, I wish to remind them that Ghana and for that matter, Africa, has long thrown out the yoke of colonialism.
7. We are an independent continent with our own institutions that can handle internal matters. There cannot be much talk about strengthening institutions when they are blatantly prevented from doing their work by needless intruders like the BBC. The University of Ghana where I teach, has credible outfit and mechanisms for dealing with matters of harassment. Why did the BBC refused to encourage the one harassed to report the matter? Sexual harassment is also a criminal matter. Why has the BBC refused to report the matter?
8. I am aware of those behind this, just for the purposes of gagging me. But I wish to assure them that I remain Yaw Gyampo. I wont be silenced. Their worst may be to kill me. But in as much as I love my family, I wont be scared to die in the course of keeping regimes on their toes, without malice, just for the purposes of shaping our governance landscape.
I have not engaged in any so-called sex for grades and I will stay true to my calling in doing my best for God, students, and country.
Meanwhile, Nigerian lecturer Dr Boniface Igbenehu who was also implicated in the BBC’s sex for grade scandal, has been suspended by The University of Lagos (UNILAG) and also banned from entering the school premises, while the church where he unfortunately is a pastor ”Foursquare Church” has asked him to step down over his ‘Sex For Grade’ Scandal