The Registrar and Secretary to Council, Mrs Jacinta Ogwo-Agu, in a statement reacting to the allegation, said Otunta never harassed the female lecturer at any time.
Mbah had, in an article published in a newspaper, accused the vice-chancellor of inviting her to his office, removing his trousers and forcing himself on her.
She, however, said she pushed the VC away and fled.
In a petition to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, Mbah said that apart from this, Otunta made several amorous advances to her, but she turned him down.
She claimed that she expected the VC to respect her decision having told him that she was a married woman, a grandmother and a Christian.
However, the university disclosed that the allegation was borne out of frustration and vendetta by Mbah, who it said was disciplined for some alleged infractions.
She said, “Prof Otunta did not harass the said Dr Mbah either physically or sexually. He has no need to do so”.
It explained that Mbah and about 100 other officials of the university were “recently properly placed from her previous unmerited position, in line with the approval given by the Council at its 21st emergency meeting held from Monday, May 13 to Thursday May 16, 2019.
“Dr Mbah’s salary was suspended after she travelled abroad and absconded from her duties without due authorisation. In line with the rules of the university, her immediate superiors reported her absence from duty.”
The university wondered why Mbah allegedly resorted to blackmail because she was disciplined as authorised by the Governing Council of the institution.
The statement read further, “The action of the Governing Council was informed by a deluge of petitions against the arbitrary and skewed promotions and appointments carried out by the last administration without regard to extant laws governing same which the Federal Ministry of Education directed the Governing Council to handle as infractions committed by the Hilary Edeoga administration.”
MOUAU, in the statement maintained that all its staff, including Mbah, must obey the rules in the university, no matter how highly placed.
The university, however, stressed that the vice-chancellor was ready to defend his innocence “before any lawful and properly constituted body that either the Governing Council of the University or Federal Ministry of Education and our own Ministry of Agriculture may deem fit to set up to investigate the unfounded allegations.