Internet service provider, Tizeti, is yet to disclose the outcome of an internal investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and molestation levelled against its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Kendall Ananyi, a month after it launched one.
On June 2, 2020, Ghana-based tech entrepreneur/consultant, Kelechi Udoagwu, accused Ananyi of sexually harassing her while she was a full-time communications director at MEST (Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology).
“When I was in MEST, this dude (Ananyi) pulled out and put his d** in my hands in the bright afternoon, begging me for anything I could do *sigh," she had shared on Twitter.
Her tweets sparked outrage on social media, amidst a slew of high profile rape cases that have dominated the digital and mainstream media spaces in recent times.
On Sunday, June 7, 2020, the company announced that it has suspended Ananyi, while an independent investigation continues apace.
“The Tizeti Network Board has asked Kendall Ananyi to step down from his role as CEO, effective immediately, while an independent investigation into the sexual harassment allegation is conducted. Kendall Ananyi has agreed to remain fully compliant until the independent investigation concludes,” Tizeti announced in a statement.
“We want to affirm that we take allegation of harassment, discrimination or misconduct of any kind, very seriously.”
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Tizeti has gone quiet since, however, and has given no progress report on the investigation, amid insinuations that Ananyi is still pulling the strings behind the scenes and that the company intends to bide its time and wait for all of this to blow away.
An email from Pulse to Tizeti on when the firm intends to conclude the investigation and if the investigation has no time frame, has not been replied.
Ms. Udoagwu has told Pulse that she won’t comment on the incident any longer until Tizeti details the outcome of its investigation.
On July 3, 2020, Udoagwu tweeted the following: "I have to face front until my case is closed - which will be soon. Love and strength to all the women going through the most right now, and the true allies who are supporting them. May justice be served.”
Ananyi has not responded to requests for comments from Pulse since Udoagwu made the allegations.
On Monday, July 6, Udoagwu tweeted that she wants closure.
"This week, I will resume tweeting for accountability and closure.
"I have voluntarily participated in an independent investigation conducted by a law firm chosen by Tizeti in Nigeria.
"I 100% cooperated, and their fact-finding conclusion was submitted to @tizeti on Fri, July 3. It would be nice to bring a close to a case in NG, wouldn’t it? This is #tech territory," she shared.