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SEX-FOR-GRADE: Court of Appeal dismisses Akindele’s Appeal

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The Court of Appeal in Akure, the capital of Ondo state today, Friday, 5th January, 2021, dismissed the appeal by Professor Richard Akindele challenging his trial and conviction by the Federal High Court Oshogbo for official corruption and abuse of office in respect of his demand for sexual gratification from Ms. Monica Osagie sometime in 2018.

Prof Akindele had challenged his conviction on the grounds that the Federal High Court which tried and convicted him had no jurisdiction to do so.

His counsel, Bar. Ijatuyi, argued that since the alleged offence bothered on sexual harassment in the workplace, it is only the National Industrial Court that had exclusive jurisdiction to try the case.

However, delivering judgment today in appeal no CA/AK/80c/2019 Prof Richard Akindele v FRN, the Court agreed with E.A. Shogunle, Esq for the Respondent that the jurisdiction of the National Industrial Court in criminal matters is not exclusive.

The court therefore, affirmed his trial and conviction.

Akindele had earlier been sentenced in 2018 to two years in prison for demanding sexual benefits from student Monica Osagie, two years for soliciting sexual benefits to improve her marks, one year for falsifying his age, and one year for altering evidence.

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