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Monday, 25 September 2023 07:49

Unizik Dismisses Two Lecturers, Suspends Six For Fraud, Extortion

Two staffers of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, have been recommended for dismissal while six others were suspended with half salary for varying durations depending on the level of of­fence committed.

In a statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor of the university on public rela­tions and special duties, Dr. Emmanuel Ojukwu, those affected were guilty of ex­amination malpractices, sorting, using students to extort others, nonattendance to work and other fraudulent behaviours.

In all, 15 persons were af­fected.

Two lecturers were found guilty of aiding and abetting examination misconduct af­ter collecting gratification from students.

They have been suspend­ed from duty to allow for unfettered investigation and other appropriate pro­cedures.

Three lecturers from the Faculty of Education who were indicted for ‘sorting’, obtaining money from students in exchange for unmerited scores were sus­pended from duty following appropriate procedure.

Also, one student who was used for the collection of money was expelled from the university while his part­ner in crime was suspended for one academic year for financial fraud, swindling fellow students, exploitation and deliberate refusal to co­operate with investigation.

In one case of ‘sorting’ for grades, the lecturer brazenly listed names of students who passed his courses as having failed with the sole purpose of extorting them. “The pan­el recommended him (names withheld) for dismissal as he was described as ‘unfit’ for the university.”

The concerned student is suspended for one academic year following appropriate procedure.

Also, a Senior Executive Officer in the Continuing Education Programme (CEP) was suspended for six months on half salary for fraudulent transac­tion.

Other affected officers include: principal executive officer II, who abandoned his duty post for a consider­able length of time and was suspended from duty for six months to serve as deterrent to other officers.

Likewise, another work­er was suspended for six months after indictment for fraudulent financial transac­tion concerning the univer­sity and so on.

There was also a case of a staff, an examination of­ficer in the Department of History and International Relations, who was indicted for clearing and graduating a student who had 12 out­standing courses.

He was recommended to be dismissed following ap­propriate procedure.

Also, the result he cleared has been ordered withdrawn and further credentials such as certificate and transcripts should not be issued to him.

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