The disgraced lecturer of the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Prof. Richard Iyiola Akindele who was accused by a student, Monica Osagie, of demanding for sex to pass her has been remanded in prison.
Akindele was arraigned on Monday by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) before Justice Maureen Onyetenu of a Federal High Court, Osogbo, who charged the professor on a four-count charge which he pleaded not guilty to and was later remanded in prison custody till November 27, 2018, for a definite hearing of the matter.
In a statement on Wednesday, last week, the ICPC said Akindele would be arraigned on four 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 prosecution counsel, Kehinde Adetoye, who spoke to reporters off camera confirmed that the professor was facing a four-count charge including falsification of age which is contrary to section 25 of the ICPC Act. He claimed that he was born on April 1961 but the personal file which he obtained from the Institution showed that he was actually born in April 1959.