By Gloria Afajagbe
The Management of Ambrose Alli University (AAU) Ekpoma, Edo State has dismissed 13 academic and non-academic staff over alleged age falsification, financial fraud, gross misconduct, extortion and sexual harassment.
The Acting Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Asomwan Adagbonyin revealed this during presentation of the committee’s report to the Chairman and members of AAU Special Intervention Team (SIT) in Benin City.
Professor Adagbonyin, noted that the appointment of the alleged erring staff were terminated following recommendations of the University Staff Disciplinary Committee (USDC) which found them guilty of the offences.
He added that the affected staff are from the faculty of Basic Medical Science, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Nursing Department, Engineering Department, Faculty of Law, Political Science, as well as the former Director of the University’s Farm.
He noted that the disciplinary committee had given the affected staff fair hearing and recommended that “the criminal aspect of the disengaged staff offence should be reported to security operatives”.
“A lecturer who was the head of nursing science was recommended for sack after he was found guilty of extorting students of 32,000 naira and 52,000 naira respectively. The lecturer who was indicted for sexual harassment was also dismissed.
“The lecturer had claimed to only make advances, but he went to the said girl’s church to plead for forgiveness.The victim has been protected and reassigned to another lecturer”, Adagbonyin said.
The Vice Chancellor, however, informed that out of the 209 disciplinary cases received, the University Staff Disciplinary Committee has concluded 132 of the cases, representing 63%, while 77 cases representing 37% are pending.