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.