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OAU sex-for-marks lecturer pleads guilty, bags 2-year jail term

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A Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo has sentenced a former lecturer of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Professor Richard Akindele, to two years in prison.

Justice Maurine Onyetenu sentenced Professor Akindele on Monday in Osun State, at the end of his trial for demanding sex in exchange for marks from one of his students, Miss Monica Osagie.

According to channels the accused had pleaded not guilty to the four charges of sexual harassment preferred against him by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC).

He had since been remanded in prison custody following objection to his bail by the prosecution counsel.

He was arraigned before Justice Onyetenu on November 19 for alleged sexual harassment.

When the case came up today, Akindele opted to change his earlier plea and admitted guilty of the offences as charged.

After considering the plea bargaining entered and signed by both counsels, Justice Onyetenu said there was a need to deter other people because of the nature of the case.

In her judgement, she sentenced the convict to 24 months on count one, 24 months on count two, one year on count three, and one year on count four.

The judge stated that the jail term should run concurrently.

She also ordered that the victim’s phone be returned to her and the phone of the defendant should be forfeited to the Federal Government.

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