Richard Akindele, a Professor and former lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife who was accused by her student, Monica Osagie, of demanding sex to award her marks has been remanded in prison custody.
Akindele was arraigned on Monday by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC before Justice Maurine Onyetenu of a Federal High Court, sitting in Osogbo, Osun State.
The Professor was arraigned on a four-count charge. According to the ICPC, the offence is punishable under Sections 8 (1) (a) (ii), and 18 (d) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.
The charge sheet read in part: “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, 2000.”
The university was last April engulfed in sex scandal after a leaked phone recording exposed Akindele seeking sex from the student to pass her in an examination. In the audio that later went viral, the varsity don requested five rounds of sex from Osagie, who was then a master’s degree student at the university.
Akindele was later investigated and subsequently suspended indefinitely, following an interim report of an investigative panel. He was later dismissed after the conclusion of the investigation.
Eyitope Ogunbodede, Vice Chancellor of the university said the conclusion to dismiss the accused was reached after the investigative panel found him guilty of inappropriate relationship with the student, a claim to which he admitted. He explained that Akindele’s dismissal would serve as deterrent to others as “the university has taken further steps to ensure total elimination of sexual harassment in the OAU community.”