ICPC’s Arraign OAU Sex-for-Mark Scandal Lecturer

ICPC’s Arraign OAU Sex-for-Mark Scandal Lecturer
The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) community and Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, the counsel to Monica Osagie, a victim at the center of the sex-for-marks scandal, have reacted to the decision of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) decision to arraign Richard Akindele, a dismissed lecturer of the institution. The ICPC, in a release on Wednesday, announced that Mr. Akindele will be arraigned at the Federal High Court in Osogbo for allegedly demanding sex from Ms. Osagie in order to upgrade her academic result from failure to pass.

Following the condemnation from the public, OAU’s management set up a panel to look into the scandal and the panel suspended Mr. Akindele indefinitely at the end of April 2018. It later dismissed him in June, having found him guilty of inappropriate relationship with one of his students, a claim to which he admitted. However, the victim, Ms. Osagie said she has been unable to secure a job after exposing the lecturer.

Also, ICPC said the professor will be docked on November 19 on a 3-count charge contrary to Sections 8 (1) (a) (ii), and 18 (d) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, punishable under the same sections. Mr. Akindele has reportedly asked for plea-bargain, having admitted guilt and also cited ill-health as a factor that may make him unable to stand the rigors of prison life. He pleaded that his prayers for plea-bargain be considered, more so as he was already serving punishment for his offense, having been sacked by the university.

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