Former Professor of Management and Accounting at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile- Ife, Richard Akindele, will this morning be arraigned at the Federal High Court in Osogbo, Osun State, for alleged s*xual harassment of one of his students, Ms. Monica Osagie.
The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) had, last week, announced its preparedness to try the lecturer in court, saying his actions contravened Sections 8 (1) (a) (ii), and 18 (d) of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Act, 2000 and were punishable under the law.
Akindele was dismissed by the OAU’s Governing Council having been found guilty of the allegation of s*xual harassment by Osagie by the Joint Senate and Governing Council Committee set up to look into the matter. According to a statement by the ICPC, Akindele was found to have demanded s*xual benefit from his student and fraudulently upgraded her result in Research Method course which she supposedly failed in 2017.
One of the counts against Akindele reads:
“That you, Professor Akindele, on or about the 16th day of September, 2017 at Ile-Ife did corruptly ask for s*xual 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 57-year-old professor was said to have asked for plea-bargain having reportedly admitted guilt. He was said to have also cited ill-health as a factor that may make him unable to stand the rigours of prison life, notifying the commission through his lawyer, Omotayo Alade-Fawole.
He pleaded that his prayers for plea-bargain be considered, more so as he was already serving punishment for his offence having been sacked by the university.