By Abimbola Ogunnaike
At least 13 lecturers of state-owned Ambrose Ali University (AAU), Ekpoma, has been relieved of their appointments by Edo State government over alleged offences ranging from falsification of age, fraud, misconduct, extortion and sexual harassment, among others.
The institution’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Asomwan Sunny Adagbonyin, who made this disclosure on Monday, 22 May, 2023 while presenting the university disciplinary committee’s report to members of AAU Special Intervention Team (SIT).
Adagbonyi said the sacking of the erring staff was due to the recommendations of the institution’s disciplinary committee which found them guilty of the offences.
“The disciplinary committee had given the affected staff fair hearing and recommended that the criminal aspect of the disengaged staff should be reported to security operatives.
A lecturer, who was the head of Nursing Science was recommended for sack after he was reportedly found guilty of extorting students of N32,000 and N52,000.
The VC also disclosed that an Associate Professor and a lecturer were dismissed for collecting unapproved levy from students while another lecturer who was indicted for sexual harassment was also dismissed.
“The lecturer claimed to only make advances, but went to the said girl’s church to plead for forgiveness. The victim has been protected and reassigned to another lecturer,” Adagbonyin said.
He added that the affected staffs 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.
According to him, out of the 209 disciplinary cases received, the institution’s disciplinary committee had concluded 132 of the cases, representing 63 per cent while 77 cases representing 37 per cent are pending.