Nigeria university sacks three whistleblowers, others

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The Governing Council of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, has sacked three whistleblowers who spearheaded a petition to the anti-graft agency, EFCC, against the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Olusola Oyewole.

The petitioners accused Mr. Oyewole of misappropriation of funds and abuse of office.

The council also dismissed another 18 staff of the institution.

The decisions were reached at the end of a meeting presided over by the chairman of the council, Adeseye Ogunlewe, late Thursday in Abeokuta.

The affected whistle blowers are Lasun Somoye, Abdulsalaam Sobbor and Bimbo Bankole., all members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU.‎

PREMIUM TIMES had reported how, based on the staff’s petition, the vice chancellor, Mr. Ogunlewe and the bursar were quizzed by the EFCC.

While the allegations were still being investigated, the vice-chancellor suspended the three petitioners indefinitely. On Thursday, the staff were dismissed.

Thursday’s governing council meeting was said to have been attended by all members of the council, except the representative of the Federal Ministry of Education.‎‎‎‎‎‎

When contacted, Head, Directorate of Public Relation of the university, Emi Alawode, confirmed that there was a meeting of the council on Thursday.

She declined to disclose the details and outcome of the meeting.

However, in reaction to the development, Friday, SSANU wrote a letter titled, “Repression of Staff For Reporting Corruption Cases to EFCC’ to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The union accused the university management of victimising whistleblowers rather than address the allegations raised.

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  • Sam

    I am an alumnus of this great university and I know Professor Oyewole (The VC) as a man of integrity. I will strongly suggest he allows transparent investigation into this allegation. If he is still the same Oyewole we used to know, I am 100% sure he will be vindicated. On the other hand, I hope the whistle-blower followed due process in reporting this to EFCC.

    • lagbaja

      let the truth prevail before you say somebody is clean or otherwise.

    • Dazmillion

      There are many goats disguised as sheeps in today’s Nigeria. It is only when the yam goes missing that the goats can be identified from the sheeps

    • Otile

      This behavior of swearing an oath on behalf of suspected Nigerian officials is unwise. Buhari swore one for Abacha and Buhari was dead wrong on that. Sam boy, be careful before you sully your own reputation for a corrupt official.

  • Arc_Deji_Alabi

    What happened to the Whistle-blowers Protection Act in the National Assembly?

  • olaoluwa

    Okay over to the president, dissolve the yeye council!

    • Uzoma

      Universities are autonomous and their councils are the employers of their staff. If the staff members who have been dismissed think they have been victimized in so way, they should go to court. This mentality of turning to the president even when your wife is refuses you dinner for misbehaving makes a mockery of the kind of system we are supposed to be running in this country.

      • olaoluwa

        Yes they are suppose to be autonomous from corruption and other vices. If and when they are not, then they lose the so called autonomy.

      • optimisticman1

        You are simply nut. You should be thrown into a zoo so that lions can mutilate you because your reasoning is poor