A Federal High Court in Osogbo, on Tuesday, refused the bail application of a former lecturer with the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof Richard Akindele, who faces trial for allegedly demanding sex to upgrade the scores of one of his students, Monica Osagie.
Prosecuting counsel for the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, Kehinde Ayantoye, had opposed the bail application filed by Akindele’s lawyer, Francis Omotoso.
In opposing Akindele’s bail application, the prosecutor filed a counter-affidavit, which was deposed to by a police detective, Afolabi Oluwatoyin.
The prosecutor told the court that Akindele might not attend trial, alleging that the professor refused to report to the ICPC office in Abuja, after he was granted an administrative bail to travel to America to attend to his health.
The prosecutor further alleged that the embattled professor was caught on tape chanting incantations to derail the case. He added, in the counter-affidavit, that Akindele was also allegedly involved in child pornography.
In her ruling, Justice Maureen Onyetenu said the allegations contained in the counter-affidavit were weighty.
Punch reports that Justice Onyetenu further directed the prosecutor to produce the tape in which Akindele was caught allegedly chanting incantations, in court on the next hearing date.
While adjourning further hearing till December 17, 2018, the judge ordered that Akindele should be taken back to prison.
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