Authorities of Anglican Church, Moremi Estate, Ile-Ife has raised a team of 21 prayer warriors to intercede and seek God’s intervention on behalf of one of their Reverend, Professor Richard Iyiola Akindele of the Department of Management and Accounting, Obafemi Awolowo Univerity (OAU), Ile-Ife. Professor Akindele is the eye of storm of scandal of allegedly demanding for sex five times from one of his female students of the institution.
It was revealed that a 21-member prayer warrior of both men and women from the church has been raised to intercede on behalf of the embattled lecturer who has been battling to redeem his image from the scandal of his alleged sexual urge.
It was gathered that some friends of his wife have also raised another team of prayer warriors in their different churches, to help her husband get out of his trouble waters. Some friends of his wife who pleaded anonymity described the as a “nice and a gentle person.”
It was also learnt that the embattled teacher had also gone to prayer mountain put off his phone number.
One of the students who pleaded anonymity, and is in Faculty of Arts studying English Language and said, the allegation came to her as a surprise and shock, stressing that, “most of us in the church were helped by this same man that was accused of sex scandal.
He is one of the clerics in the church and well known. He is gentle and easy going. His wife is always close to him on most occasions at church programmes and it is indeed a big surprise to me.”
Another member of the church, Mrs. Toriola Adebayo, who is a non-academic staff of the university, expressed shock on the allegation and, pleaded for a thorough investigation to determine the true position of things on the allegation.
Mrs. Adebayo said that Professor Akindele assisted most students seeking admission into OAU and other institutions of higher learning. She is optimistic that the end of the investigation would vindicate the professor.
“It is wicked to accused a man of God who is assisting others. He is our man and God’s servant; he has never been found wanting like this before.”
His neighbour, Dr. Titi Adesola, a staff of the OAU Teaching Hospital (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife enjoined God to safe from the crisis insisting that he has been nice to all to a fault and has been like that since we knew each other.