The embattled former lecturer at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, Prof. Richard Iyiola Akindele, has pleaded guilty to sexual allegations against him by a former student, Monica Osagie, on Monday, Dec. 17th.
Backstory: A prosecutor on the case, Shogunle Adenekan, said that all parties in the matter had reached a plea bargain and pleaded for a suspended sentence for the accused.
The management of OAU had relieved Akindele of his appointment on June 20th after investigations over a leaked phone call between him and Osagie were concluded.
Akindele was overheard requesting for sex from Osagie in order to give her passing scores in his course.
The findings made by an investigative panel set up by the school authorities led to Akindele’s suspension before he was summarily dismissed.
It was also found that Osagie had passed Akindele’s course, however, he falsified her scores so as to entrap her into having sex with him.
Why It Matters: The Akindele case is perhaps the first of its kind that has been taken to and tried in court. It definitely is the first of its kind to attract this level of public attention and backlash in Nigeria.
It will hopefully set a precedent for similar cases across the country because it is not a hidden fact that across universities and workplaces in Nigeria, men in positions of power have demanded sexual favors from their subordinates and gotten away with it.
Bottom Line: A Federal High Court in Osogbo, Osun State, has sentenced Akindele to two years in prison.