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‘Professor’ Richard Akindele, the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State lecturer jailed for two years after he was found guilty of demanding sex from a student has lost appeal challenging his conviction.

Akindele had challenged his conviction in a court of appeal in Akure, Ondo State over his sentence on the celebrated case of sex-for-marks request he made to an accounting student, Monica Osagie.

The court of appeal on Friday, March 5 dismissed the appeal for lack of merit.

‘Prof.’ Akindele in 2018 was caught on tape demanding sex to upgrade the marks of Ms Osagie, a Master’s student at OAU.

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The leaked tape generated furore which led to his dismissal from the citadel of learning after an investigative panel set up by the institution found him guilty of misconduct.

He was later arraigned before Maurine Onyetenu at a Federal High Court in Osogbo on a four-count charge by ICPC, alleging him to have committed an offence contrary to Section A (1)(2) of the corrupt practices and other related offences Act.

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Mrs Onyetenu found him guilty and sentenced him to 24 months in prison. He served his sentence in Ilesa prison.

Not pleased with his conviction and sentence, Mr Akindele through his counsel, O. A. Ijatuyi, approached an appeal court in Akure.

He argued that the offence bordered on sexual harassment in the workplace and could only be tried by the National Industrial Court by virtue of section 254 of the constitution. This was countered by the respondent by ICPC counsel, E.A. Shogunle.

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Delivering judgment on Friday in appeal no: CA/AK/80c/2019 Prof Richard Akindele v FRN, the court said the jurisdiction of the National Industrial Court in criminal matters is not exclusive.

It further held that S. 26(2) of the ICPC Act 2000 grants jurisdiction to any superior court of record to try offences under the Act, hence it dismissed the appeal for lack of merit.

(Premium Times)


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