Court remands OAU ‘sex-for-marks’ prof in prison

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A former lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof. Richard Akindele, has been remanded in prison.

Akindele was arraigned on Monday by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) before Maureen Onyetenu, a justice of a federal high court in Osogbo, Osun state capital.

He was arraigned on four counts bothering on alteration of age and demanding sex to pass his student.

On November 14, ICPC had said Akindele will be arraigned on three charges, for acting contrary to sections 8(1)(a)(ii), and 18 (d) under the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

“That you, professor Akindele, on or about the 16th day of September, 2017 at Ile-Ife did corruptly ask for sexual benefits for yourself from Ms. Monica Osagie on account of favour to be afterwards shown to her by you in the discharge of your official duties as a lecturer in the Department of Management and Accounting, Obafemi Awolowo University, to wit; altering her academic grades in the course with code MBA 632- Research Method from fail to pass; and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 8(1)(a)(ii) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act,” one of the charges read.

The lecturer, through Omotayo Alade-Fawole, his lawyer, told the ICPC that he is ready to plead guilty to the crime, in the hopes of getting some form of concession.

In an audio which went viral online, Akindele was heard demanding five sessions of sex to award Monica Osagie, a postgraduate student, a pass mark in a course she failed.

The lecturer was dismissed in June, following investigations into the matter by the governing council of the institution.

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