Activist Emmanuel Onwubiko, who reacted to a court judgement against an OAU lecturer yesterday, has stated that Prof. Akindele’s jail sentence is too harsh.
According to Activist Emmanuel Onwubiko, two years for a professor who pleaded guilty to sexual harassment of a student is harsh. He further stated that while a Bayelsa state governor who stole billions reached a plea bargain with the EFCC and walked away with a light sentence, Prof. Akindele’s jail sentence was too harsh because his offence did not result in fatalities.
A LITTLE TOO HARSH… IF YOU ASK ME…
Two years for a professor who pleaded guilty to sexual harassment of a student is harsh. Non custodial sentence with heavy fine are sufficient since the accuse didn’t waste the time of the Court and therefore didn’t occasion huge prosecutorial costs for the State. Moreover, he has previously been punished for the same offence by his employers. Does this not amount to double jeopardy which in itself is a travesty of justice? Or is this anarrangement to actually make him have soft landing on appeal?
For instance, former Bayelsa state gov who stole billions reached a plea bargain with the EFCC and he walked away with a light sentence even when corruption leads to fatalities. This Professor who couldn’t overcome his concupiscence and temptations of the flesh didn’t commit an offence that resulted in fatalities. This is not to say that his offence is light. I wish he can mount a robust challenge against this extremely harsh and emotional sanction. Again, this is not to under estimate the weight of the offence. Not at all.
Professor, when you come out of prison I’m sure you would have learnt good lessons. But please the prison authority should activate suicide watch on him.