Unic Press UK: The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) would, on November 19, arraign a professor and former lecturer of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Richard Akindele at the Federal High Court, Osogbo, over allegations that he demanded sex in exchange for marks, the News Agency of Nigeria reported, quoting the ICPC spokesperson Rasheedat Okoduwa statement in Abuja on Wednesday.
Akindele would be facing a three-count charge for contravening Section 8 (1) (a) (ii), and Section 18 (d) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.
In a recorded phone conversation, which did go viral earlier this year, Professor Richard Akindele could be heard demanding to sleep with a female postgraduate student over a five-day period as a condition for awarding marks and upgrading her score from 33 (fail) to 40.
In April, the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) authorities suspended Professor Akindele. In a statement, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede said:
“In the interim report submitted to the Vice Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, Professor Richard I. Akindele, of the Department of Management and Accounting, is now established to be the lecturer in the controversial “marks for sex” audio recording. The female voice has also been identified as that of Miss Monica Osetobe Osagie, a Postgraduate Student on the Master of Business Administration Regular programme… The Vice-Chancellor, having carefully and dispassionately considered the report, also came to the conclusion that a prima facie case of serious misconduct had been established. Having regard to the gravity of the offence for which Professor Richard I. Akindele is found to be prima facie liable, the Vice-Chancellor, in line with the Code of Conduct for the University Community and acting under all the laws and regulations of the University enabling him in that regard, has directed that Professor Richard I. Akindele be suspended forthwith from the University, pending the final determination of the disciplinary case against him.“