The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has arraigned a former lecturer of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Professor Richard Akindele at the Federal High Court in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.
Professor Akindele is being arraigned for demanding sex from one of his students, Ms. Monica Osagie, in order to upgrade her academic result.
At the ruling on Monday, the presiding judge, Justice Maurine Onyetenu charged the professor on a four-count charge which he pleaded not guilty to and was later remanded in prison custody till November 27, 2018, for a definite hearing of the matter.
The prosecution counsel Kehinde Adetoye, who spoke to newsmen off camera confirmed that the professor was facing a four-count charge.
He explained that count one dwells on the defendant corruptly asking for sexual benefits for himself from Monica Osagie for a favour that would be thereafter sworn to her by upgrading her academic record from fail to pass, thereby committing an offense contrary to and punishable under section 8 (1)a and 2 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act of 2000.
Secondly, that on or about September 16, he solicited for a sexual benefit for himself from Monica Osagie for a favour to be given to him, an act contrary to and punishable under section 18b of the ICPC ACT 2000.
Count three talks about him concealing evidence with intent by removing some parts of the WhatsApp conversation between him and the victim contrary to section 15 (1and 2).
The fourth charge is on falsification of age which is contrary to section 25 of the ICPC Act. He claimed that he was born on April 1961 but the personal file which he obtained from the Institution showed that he was born in April 1959.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the four-count charge preferred against him.
The video chat of professor Akindele demanding for sex from Miss Osagie who was a postgraduate student at that time had gone viral on September 16, 2017, which led to his dismissal from the Institution after he was found guilty by the committee set up to look Into the case.