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WARDC Holds Engagement Meetings with ICPC and Other Complaint Channels On Standards of Service Availability and Delivery.

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The Women’s Advocate Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) held an engagement meetings with the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and other compliant channels on standards of service availability and delivery. The meeting was in tandem with the organization’s implementation of the Gender and Accountability Project, which is an intervention necessitated by the absence of female voices in the demand for accountability, and the fight against corruption. The project is being implemented in partnership with the Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA) who coordinates the Gender and Accountability Project Cohort (GAP-C), comprising of seven (7) organizations.

The price of corruption has been extremely high especially on women. The economic, political, social and moral bases of the country have been severely eroded and degraded. This impelled the commitment of the then Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR to tackle corruption head-on. The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission was inaugurated on September 29th, 2000 by the then Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR.

The Commission is at the hub of Nigeria’s fight against corruption. In the order set out at section 6 of the Act 2000, the first duty of the Commission is to receive complaints, investigate and prosecute offenders. Thus, the buy-in of the ICPC to the Gender and Accountability Project is imperative for the achievement of the desired outcome and impact of the project

The engagement meeting was held with the aim of fostering a relationship with the ICPC and other relevant complaint agencies in the demand for accountability, especially as women are more prone to being shortchanged and discriminated against in the use of public services. The engagement meeting was also aimed at; putting the ICPC and other complaint channels on notice for prompt response and action on reports from women on corrupt practices, especially in the health and education sectors, and bringing issues of racketeering to fore.

The engagement meetings secured the buy-in of the Independent Corrupt Practice Commission (ICPC) and other related complaint channels to the mandates of the project. The commission pledged to improve the level of monitoring in the context of standard of service availability and delivery, especially in the health and education sectors, as these are the sectors that have recorded the highest level of shortchanging and discrimination against women.

Ex-OAU Lecturer, Prof. Akindele in Sex for Marks Scandal Remanded in Prison

OAU Lecturer remanded in prison

Prof. Richard Iyiola Akindele, the former lecturer with Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), accused by her student, Monica Osagie, of demanding sex to pass her has been remanded in prison custody.

Akindele was arraigned on Monday by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offenses Commission before Justice Maureen Onyetenu of a Federal High Court, Osogbo, on four counts bordering on alteration of age and demanding sex to pass his student.

A Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo remanded Akindele in prison custody.

Akindele, pleaded not guilty to all the four counts pressed against him.

The charge reads: “That on 16th day of September, 2017 or thereabout, you corruptly asked for sexual benefits for yourself from one Monica Osagie for a favour that would be thereafter shown to her by upgrading her academic record from fail to pass, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 8 (1)a and 2 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission Act 2000.

“That you solicited sexual benefits from the victim on 16th of September, 2017 or thereabout for a favour to be given to you, the act contrary to and punishable under Section 18 (b) of the ICPC Act.

“That you deliberately concealed evidence, with the intent to remove parts of the conversation between you and the victim, contrary to Section 15 (1) and (2) of the ICPC Act.

“That you falsified your age by saying, under interrogation, that you were born on April 19, 1961, while in your personal file retrieved from OAU, you claimed you were born on April 19, 1959, an act contrary to and punishable under Section 25 of ICPC Acts, 2000.”

Addressing the court, the senior legal officer, ICPC, Kehinde Adetoye, said the prosecution was ready for definite hearing of the matter.

Defense counsel, Francis Omotoso, who appeared with two other lawyers, however, observed that the name of the counsel that signed the charge sheet of the case was not marked.

He said three names were listed, but the one that signed the charge sheet among the three was not marked.

Responding to the observation, Adetoye explained that Ebenezer Adenekan, the lead counsel for the ICPC, signed for other counsel involved in the matter.

Asked by the court if ready for definite hearing of the matter, the defense counsel, after initially declaring readiness for hearing, pleaded for more time to study the charge sheet.

He said the prosecution only served him 30 minutes before the sitting commenced.

Reacting to the claim, prosecution counsel, Ayantoye, said that for weeks, he made efforts to reach the defendant and serve him, adding that Akindele could not be reached through his mobile line.

Although the defense counsel made oral application for bail for the defendant, Justice Onyetenu insisted on an affidavit.

She subsequently adjourned the matter to Tuesday, November 27, 2018 for definite hearing and remanded Akindele in prison custody.

Source: Punch NG

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