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Akeem ReachnaijaApril 24, 2018
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Dr Abiola Akinyode-Afolabi, the defence counsel for Miss Monica Osagie, the alleged victim in the sex-for-marks scandal at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, said on Tuesday that her client affirmed before an investigative panel that Prof. Richard Akindele deliberately failed her because she refused his sexual demand.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Osagie had appeared before the committee set up by the institution’s authorities in company with her counsel.

Osagie, a postgraduate student in the Masters of Business programme, had released a recorded telephone conversation, which went viral, in which the lecturer identified as Akindele, allegedly demanded sex for marks.

The committee, which held its session at the Pro -Chancellor’s Lodge on the campus, allowed only Osagie and her counsel into the venue.

Journalists, students and some members of the National Human Right Commission who came to witness the sitting were not allowed into the venue by security personnel of the institution who manned the entrance.

Akinyode-Afolabi, who spoke with newsmen after the closed door session which lasted for more than seven hours, said Osagie told the panel that she passed the course but was later failed by the don because of her refusal to sleep with him.

She said that Osagie narrated in details what transpired between her and the don, adding that lawyers present at the meeting were not allowed to make any contribution.

Akinyode-Afolabi , who is the Executive Director for Human Advocate Research and Documentation Centre, Abuja, said that Osagie also informed the panel that she recorded the conversation between her and the professor as evidence.

She said Osagie also informed the panel that she reported the sexual harassment by the don to some lecturers in the university, adding that no action was taken by them.

Akinyode-Afolabi said some lawyers who represented the lecturers who Osagie claimed she reported the case to also appeared before the panel.

She said that Osagie also told the panel that she did not score 33 per cent as alleged but was failed so that she could bow to the sexual demand of the don.

Akinyode-Afolabi said she was optimistic that the outcome of the panel would serve as a lesson to other lecturers who also engage in such acts.

She, however, urged the panel to ensure that justice prevailed on the issue so as to maintain the integrity of the institution.

Akinyode-Afolabi, who did not allow Osagie to talk to newsmen, said her client would always be available to give evidence whenever she was called upon.

Members of the panel did not also speak with newsmen after the meeting.

NAN recalls that a recorded audio conversation of the don demanding sex to increase the marks of the female postgraduate student had gone viral.

The audio recording had generated reactions from a cross-section of the public until the university authorities reacted.

NAN also recalls that the vice chancellor on Friday confirmed the suspension of Akindele.


Akeem ReachnaijaApril 10, 2018
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An alleged private telephone conversation between one Pastor Richard Akindele, a professor of management and accounting at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and a female undergraduate has been leaked.

In the audio, the student repeatedly addressed the other person in the conversation as ‘Prof. Akindele’, who, later, protested: ‘stop calling my name!’

Several students and staff told Premiumtimes that the male voice was that of Akindele. It was also gathered that the lady is a final year student, who failed a course taught by Akindele. Several efforts to get the lecturer’s reaction were unsuccessful on Monday. .
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A senior academic staff in the accounting department, who volunteered to speak, revealed that Akindele was “caught three years ago” for engaging in the sex-for-mark practice.

The leaked conversation suggests the student had refused the lecturer’s initial sex demand to upgrade her. .

It appeared, in the audio, that the student deliberately called the lecturer again, to play along, record him and have hard evidence against him.

The following dialogue occurred in the audio:

Student: I was really seeing my period Professor Akindele.
Lecturer: Stop mentioning my name. And now nko?.
Student: I am not on my period now.
Lecturer: Your boyfriend has done it yesterday?
Student: Is it every time that someone will be doing with the boyfriend? Is it every time you do it with your wife?
Lecturer: Yes
Student: It’s a lie, not possible. So what’s the plan now?
Lecturer: Let’s have the first one today and then we will do another one tomorrow. Is our agreement not five times?
Student: Is it B that you want to give me or C? Why would it be five times you will knack me?
Lecturer: That’s what I will do.
Student: Prof, you know what? Let me fail it. I can’t do it five times. For what nah? No worry. Thank you, sir
Lecturer: You are welcome.

When contacted, Abiodun Olanrewaju, the spokesperson for OAU said: “The university is aware and we are setting up machinery to critically look at the issue to determine the veracity, otherwise there won’t be conclusion.”


Akeem ReachnaijaApril 9, 2018
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The Celestial had settled that late billionaire businessman, Moshood Kashimawo Abiola would not be Nigerian president even if he won an election to the office, before he “won” the June 12, 1993 presidential election.

General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, revealed this Friday midnight during the April edition of the monthly Holy Ghost Service at the Redemption Camp, along Lagos/Ibadan Expressway.

In his sermon entitled “Stronger Than Your Enemies Part 4”, he admonished thousands of worshippers to take prophecies seriously especially when such are coming from genuine men of God.

While refusing to reference self as a prophet, he however acknowledged that he gets to hear from God once in a while, adding that whatever came from the Almighty would definitely come to pass, whether those involved believed or not.

He then relived the prophesy he got from God before the June 12, 1993 presidential election which had Abiola and Bashir Tofa as frontline candidates, as well as late Aminu Kano who was also interested in leading the country.

According to him, “election was going to take many years back and while I was minding my business just praying and praising God, God suddenly told me that ‘son, the winner will be the loser, the loser will be the winner and Aminu Kano is the most fortunate of them all’.

“How do you explain a prophesy like this but because it was God that has spoken, it is already settled. Then, Aminu Kano died before the election could take place and you start asking the meaning of him being the most fortunate. With his death, only Abiola and Tofa contested the election.

“At that time, I was the president of PFN, (Pentecostal Fellowships of Nigeria) and pastors came to at TBS (Tafawa Balewa Square) saying, the two candidates in the election are Muslims and we are Christians, so who are we to vote for.

I said to them, well, everybody should go and vote his conscience, but this is what my Father said, ‘the winner will be the loser and the loser will be the winner’. Oh, they said to me, come-on now, two people are in an election, there will be a winner. I said that was what my Father said.

“You know the rest of the story. Aminu Kano died and was well honoured. Tofa lost the election but at least he returned to his house a free man and Abiola, the winner went to prison and you know the rest of the story”.

Abiola, presidential candidate of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP), the presumed winner of the watershed election eventually died in prison custody on July 7, 1998, while being held for alleged treason by the military junta of late Sani Abacha and former Head of State, Abdulsalam Abubakar.

He was eventually posthumously declared the winner of the said election.

Speaking on the theme; Children of Conquerors, Adeboye also pointed out that regardless of the official stance of a negotiation between the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration and terrorist Boko Haram leading to the release of the abducted female students from Dapchi government college, their release was a miracle of God and an answer to the prayer collective offered at the March Holy Ghost service.

He prayed for the safe return of those still in the terrorists’ captivity.

Adeboye also urged the congregation that instead of praying for all enemies of the children of God to die, it would be great to have some of them, bowing to the God of the ones they want to destroy.

“How great will it be, if we have the leader of the Boko Haram, standing here (the altar), giving his life to Christ” he said.

Testimonies shared at the programme, which also witnessed an anointing segment, include; the raising of the wife of a pastor who died in her sleep, a couple giving birth to twins after about two decades of marriage, a muslim encountering Adeboye at Abuja airport and coming in contact with the Holy Spirit leading to his salvation, amongst many others.


Akeem ReachnaijaApril 3, 2018
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Spying on your spouse’s phone, offenders facing a £95,000(₦47million) fine and a year in jail.

Saudi Arabia on Monday announced ‘spying’ on your spouse’s phone is now a criminal offence potentially punishable by a year in jail and a hefty fine.

‘Married individuals planning to spy on their spouse in Saudi Arabia will need to think twice, because such an activity could potentially attract a fine of 500,000 riyals (£94,910.04), along with a prison term for a year,’ read an English-language statement released by Saudi Arabia’s information ministry.

The provision, part of a new anti-cyber crime law which came into force last week, is meant to ‘protect morals of individuals and society and protect privacy’,the ministry said.

The move comes amid a ‘steady increase in cybercrimes such as blackmail, embezzlement and defamation’.

Saudi Arabia has launched a string of highly-publicised policy changes since the rise of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to power last year.


Akeem ReachnaijaApril 2, 2018
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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the South African anti-apartheid activist and former wife of the late President Nelson Mandela, has died at the age of 81.

The family said in a statement that she passed away at the Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa after a long illness, for which she had been in and out of hospital since the start of the year.

“Mrs. Madikizela-Mandela was one of the greatest icons of the struggle against apartheid,” the statement said. “She fought valiantly against the apartheid state and sacrificed her life for the freedom of the country.”

The outspoken campaigner was known as the “Mother of the Nation” because of her struggle against white minority rule in South Africa.

She was married to Nelson Mandela for 38 years, including the 27 years he was imprisoned on an island near Cape Town.

“She kept the memory of her imprisoned husband Nelson Mandela alive during his years on Robben Island and helped give the struggle for justice in South Africa one its most recognizable faces,” the statement said.

The couple were divorced in 1996, two years after Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first black President. They had two daughters together. Nelson Mandela died in 2013.

The family said it will release details of the memorial and funeral services once these have been finalized.