A Federal High Court in Osun on Monday, December 17, sentenced a former Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) lecturer , Richard Akindele, to two years in prison for demanding sex for marks from a student, Monica Osagie.
Justice Maureen Onyekenu gave the order after Akindele changed his plea from not guilty to guilty.
The trial judge ordered that the lecturer serve 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 , 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 scapegoat 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.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the lecturer was first arraigned before Justice Maureen Onyetenu on November 19 by the ICPC on four counts of alteration of age and demanding sex to pass his student.
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Meanwhile, the management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, has since sacked Professor Akindele after finding him guilty of the sexual scandal.
Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, the vice chancellor of the university, announced the sack at a press conference in Ife on Wednesday, June 20.
He said the Governing Council sacked the lecturer having found him guilty of all the charges against him.
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