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Court Arraigns Ex- OAU Professor Over Sex Scandal
Former professor of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Professor Richard Akindele has been arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for demanding sex from a student before upgrading her results.
The professor who was arraigned at the Federal High Court, Osogbo had reportedly demanded sex from Ms Monica Osagie.
The presiding judge, Justice Maurine Onyetenu on Monday November 20, charged the professor on four counts which he pleaded not guilty to.
The professor was thereafter remanded in prison custody till November 27 for a definite hearing of the matter.
The prosecution counsel, Kehinde Adetoye, who spoke to reporters off camera confirmed that the professor was facing four charges.
He explained that count one dwells on the defendant corruptly asking for sexual benefits for himself from Monica Osagie for a favour that would be thereafter sworn to her by upgrading her academic record from fail to pass, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under section 8 (1)a and 2 of the ICPC Act of 2000.
Secondly, that on or about September 16, 2017, he solicited for a sexual benefit for himself from Monica Osagie for a favour to be given to him, an act contrary to and punishable under section 18b of the ICPC Act 2000.
Count three, according to him, talks about lecturer concealing evidence with intent by removing some parts of the WhatsApp conversation between him and the victim contrary to section 15 (1and 2).
The fourth charge is on falsification of age which is contrary to section 25 of the ICPC Act.
He claimed that he was born in April 1961 but the personal file which he obtained from the institution showed that he was born in April 1959.
The professor, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.
The video chat of Professor Akindele allegedly demanding for sex from Miss Osagie who was a postgraduate student at that time had gone viral in September 2017, which led to his dismissal from the institution after he was found guilty by the committee set up to look into the case.