Sex-for-marks lecturer, Prof Akindele sentenced to two years in prison

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Ex-OAU lecturer Prof Akindele sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual harassment charge against him.

Prof. Richard Iyiola Akindele, was dragged to court for demanding sex to pass one of his students, Monica Osagie, and was on Monday sentenced to two years in prison.
We earlier reported that he changed his plea from ‘not guilty to guilty’ and now he has received a verdict of two years in jail. The prosecutor, Mr. Shogunle Adenekan said all parties in the matter have reached a plea bargain and pleaded for a suspended sentence for the accused.
At the previous hearing, Richard Iyiola Akindele was denied bail and was accused of making incantation while making his report with the prosecutor.

The trial judge ordered that the lecturer serves his sentence in Ilesa prison, due to the magnitude of the offence he committed “which is prevalent in the country”.
Onyekenu had earlier rejected a suspended sentence and plea bargain which the Defendant’s counsel , Mr Francis Omotosho, had pleaded for, noting that suspended sentence and plea bargain should be premised on public interest.
She decried the gravity of the offence the convict committed, adding that someone must be used “as an escape goat” without letting the issue of sexual harassment in tertiary institutions continue like that.
The Defence Counsel, Francis Omotosho, had earlier pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy in sentencing his client.
NAN reports that the lecturer was first arraigned before Justice Maureen Onyetenu on Nov. 19 by the ICPC on four counts of alteration of age and demanding sex to pass his student.

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