OAU ‘sex-for-marks’ lecturer, released after two-year jail term

Prof. Richard Akindele, who sentenced to prison over sex for marks, has been released from prison after serving a two-year term.

According to TheCable, Akindele, who was sacked from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, was released on March 19 and now back home to his family.

In 2018, Justice Maureen Onyetenu of the federal high court in Osogbo, Osun state, sentenced Akindele to prison after he pleaded guilty to a four-count charge filed against him by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

The judge sentenced the former lecturer to 24 months jail-term for asking a female student Monica Osagie for a sexual benefit and handed him another 24 months jail-term for soliciting from the victim, sexual benefit to pass her.

The judge also sentenced Akindele to 12 months jail-term for deleting parts of the WhatsApp conversation between him and Monica to conceal evidence against him and sentenced him to another 12 months jail-term for falsification of age. She had held that the six-year jail terms would run concurrently.

In an audio which went viral online, Akindele was heard demanding five rounds of sex from the student to award her a pass mark in a course she failed.

Akindele, a apstor at the Anglican Diocese of Ife, was a member of the church’s marriage committee before the scandal.

His appeal against his conviction is scheduled for hearing at the court of appeal, Akure, on May 19.

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