Court denies ex – OAU lecturer bail

THE Federal High Court Osogbo, on Tuesday, turned down the bail application of ex-lecturer with Obafemi Awolowo University, Professor Richard Iyiola Akindele.

Akindele who was remanded in prison last week pending the filing of his formal bail application was denied bail after the court hearing today.

Francis Omotoso, counsel to the defendant, filed an application for his bail, but the application was opposed by Kehinde Ayantoye, a senior legal officer with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), who filed a counter affidavit deposed to by a detective, Afolabi Oluwatoyin.

Justice Maureen Onyetenu said allegations contained in the counter affidavit were weighty and directed the prosecution to produce evidence to back his claim.

ICPC lawyer told the court that the defendant unlawfully demanded sexual benefits for marks from Miss Monica Osagie on September 16th, 2017.

According to the prosecutor, the defendant is facing a four-count charge for corruptly asking for sexual benefits from Ms Osagie on account of favour to be shown to her afterwards in the discharge of his official duties as a lecturer, and also altering her academic grades from failing to pass in the course.

    The offences contravene Sections 8 and 18 of the corrupt practices and other related offences act 2000 and are punishable under same sections.

    The professor has however pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.

    She ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison custody till 17 December.

    A video recording of Professor Akindele allegedly demanding for sex from Miss Osagie, a postgraduate student, went viral in September 2017. This led to his dismissal from the institution after he was found guilty by the committee set up to investigate the case.

    Amos Abba is a journalist with the International Center for Investigative Reporting, ICIR, who believes that courageous investigative reporting is the key to social justice and accountability in the society.

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