According to reports, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) will on Monday, Nov. 19 arraign a former lecturer of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Prof. Richard Akindele, at the Federal High Court, Osogbo.
The academic is being arraigned for allegedly demanding sex from one of his students, Ms Monica Osagie, in order to upgrade her academic result from fail to pass.
An ICPC Spokesperson, Mrs. Rasheedat Okoduwa, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday. She said Akindele would be docked based on a three-count charge having been accused of using his position as a lecturer in the Department of Management and Accounting to demand for sexual benefit from a student.
The Commission said his actions were contrary to Sections 8 (1) (a) (ii), and 18 (d) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and are punishable under the same sections.
One of the counts reads, “That you, professor Akindele, on or about the Sept. 16 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.”
“This altered 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, 2000.”
The spokesperson said that the 57-year-old professor had asked for plea-bargain having admitted guilt.
This public announcement of Prof Akindele’s impending arraignment is in fulfillment of the commission’s promise to the public in a rejoinder in the same newspaper dated September 7, 2018, to avail them of the outcome of the investigation in due time.