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UNIZIK dismisses 14 lecturers, students, including a priest for extortion of money and other misconducts

UNIZIK dismisses 14 lecturers, students, including a priest for extortion of money and other misconducts

Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka (UNIZIK) has dismissed 14 lecturers and some students, including a Catholic priest, over varying degrees of serious offenses bordering money extortion and falsification of results and grades.

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This was disclosed in a statement made available to the press on Sunday by Dr Emmanuel Ojukwu, the Special Adviser on Public Relations and Special Duties to the Vice Chancellor of the school, Prof. Charles Esimone.

According to Dr Ojukwu, it was the department of History and International Relations and a department in the Faculty of education that were compromised.

“The Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, has taken disciplinary action against the following staff and students for various offences.

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“Principal Executive Officer II abandoned his duty post for a considerable length of time. As a result, he was indicted for gross misconduct and suspended from duty for six months to serve as a deterrent to other officers.

“The senior executive officer was indicted for fraudulent financial transactions concerning the university. She was suspended for six months and placed on half her salary.

“The Examination Officer in the Department of History and International Relations was indicted for clearing and graduating a student who had 12 outstanding courses. He admitted that he committed the offence and was therefore found guilty of falsification of results and grades in favour of the said student and was dismissed from the services of the university following the appropriate procedure.

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

“The students who were used for the collection of money were suspended for one academic year, while one student was expelled from the university on the account of financial fraud, swindling fellow students, exploitation, and a deliberate refusal to cooperate with the investigation.

“Another lecturer was indicted for ‘sorting’ for grades and using a student to collect money from students. The lecturer brazenly listed the names of students who passed his courses as having failed, with the sole purpose of extorting them. The panel recommended him for dismissal as he was described as ‘unfit’ for the university,” Ojukwu said.

UNIZIK has maintained consistent record of good ethics for years – the culture which has kept it away from negative publicity.

Recently, according to The Punch, the school has embarked on full installation of Closed-Circuit Television cameras (CCTV) in lecturers offices as a new way to keep discouraging sexual harassments that are prevalent in many other higher institutions across Nigeria.

Jude Ogbonna

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