OAU lecturer bags 2-years jail term

OAU lecturer bags 2-years jail term

A Federal High Court sitting in Osun has on Monday, December 17, sentenced a former Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) lecturer, Richard Akindele, to two years in prison.


Richard Akindele jail term followed his demands for sex-for-marks from a student named Monica Osagie.

Justice Maureen Onyekenu, gave the order when Akindele changed his plea, from not guilty to guilty.

The trial judge ordered that the lecturer serves his sentence in Ilesa prison, due to the magnitude of the offence he committed.

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 a scape goat” without letting the issue of sexual harrasment 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.

It would be recalled that the lecturer was first arraigned before Justice Maureen Onyetenu on Nov. 19 by the ICPC on a four-count charge which includes alteration of age and demanding sex to pass his students.

 

Report by Godday AKOH

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