Peter Dada, Akure
A Court of Appeal sitting in Akure, Ondo State capital, on Friday struck out the appeal filed by a former lecturer of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Richard Akindele, who was convicted for demanding sex for marks from one of his students, Monica Osagie.
In 2018, Akindele was sentenced to six years imprisonment, by a Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State, having been found guilty of the offence. Earlier, the management of the university had fired the randy lecturer following the offence.
He had, however, served and completed his jail term and was released from prison in 2020.
Not satisfied with the judgement of the lower court, Akindele challenged the judgement at the appellate court.
The appellant challenged his conviction on the grounds that the High Court lacked the jurisdiction to try him.
In the appeal filed by Akindele’s counsel, Mr Ijatuyi, he argued that the case ought to have been heard at the
National Industrial Court since the offence bordered on the matter that happened at his workplace.
But the respondent’s counsel, E.A. Shogunle, in his argument said the jurisdiction of the National Industrial Court in criminal matters is not exclusive.
Having agreed with the respondent’s counsel, the appellate court, in its verdict dismissed Akindele’s appeal and upheld the judgement of the High Court.