University lecturer bags two years imprisonment

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.

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.

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Efforts by his counsel to suspend the sentencing and negotiate for plea bargain failed, as Justice Onyetenu frowned at the rampant cases of students’ harassment by lecturers.

“The plea bargain is not absolute. The court still has discretion,” stated Justice Onyetenu who spoke with emotion.

She added, “This kind of issue is too rampant in our tertiary institutions. We send children to school, they come home telling us that lecturers want to sleep with them.

“We cannot continue like this. Somebody has to be used as an example; even primary school pupils are complaining. Telling me to suspend sentence does not arise. Plea bargain does not arise. Maybe the case has continued to occur and reoccur because someone has not been used as an example.”

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“It is time for the court to start upholding the right of the children, especially female students. The case is endemic,” the judge decried.



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