By Bishop Anthony Abiodun Mayungbo
Nigeria laws needs to be checked and amended, we all believe that no crime is small but it surprises me when someone who's Crime affects millions of people will just be sentence to 2 to 3years jail time while someone who crime affects just two or five persons will be sentenced to 20 or more years like in the case of Ibadan part time lecturer.
It was gathered that the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has secured a 20-year jail term for Mr. Olanrewaju Kayode, a part-time examiner at The Polytechnic, Ibadan, for committing examination malpractice.
The sentence was handed down by Justice Joyce Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, after having found Kayode guilty of all charges preferred against him.
Kayode was a part-time examiner who assessed and marked students’ examination scripts in the Department of Accountancy at The Polytechnic, Ibadan.
He was arraigned by ICPC in June 2016 on a five-count charge for allegedly collecting various sums of money from five students of the institution and attempting to assist them to alter and secure higher examination scores on different scripts written outside the examination hall.
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All offences contravened sections 9, 9(2), 9(2a) and 10b of the Examination Malpractices Act, CAP E15 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990 and punishable under the same.
The final judgment against Kayode was secured after the ICPC through prosecution counsel, Barr. Aderonke Bisi-Balogun proved beyond a reasonable doubt that he committed all the offences leveled against him.
Justice Abdulmalik, in handing down the judgement, stated that the convict was to serve four years jail term on each of the five counts bringing the total to 20 years imprisonment.
The sentence is to run concurrently commencing from June 20, 2016, the first day of his arrest.
A statement by the ICPC Spokesperson, Mrs. Rasheedat Okoduwa, and made available to Vanguard on Sunday, said the development marks a major victory against examination cheats in the country.
Though it's a very good thing but what of Nigeria politicians who steal public funds, causing millions to leave in poverty, disease, deprivation and hard life. Instead they turn the law round to favor them. Let's make sure each crime punishment fits the crime in order to make our society a corrupt free and better place.