ASUU declares ‘solidarity strike’ for ex-Vice Chancellor sent to prison

FILE PHOTO: Acting Vice-Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Prof. Anthony Elujoba (L) and Public Relations Officer of the Institution, Mr Abiodun Olarewaju, with some supporters rejoicing over the election of Prof. Elujoba as the Acting Vice-Chancellor in Ile-Ife, Osun, on Thursday (21/7/16) 5236/21/7/2016/EDA/HB/BJO/NAN
FILE PHOTO: Acting Vice-Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Prof. Anthony Elujoba (L) and Public Relations Officer of the Institution, Mr Abiodun Olarewaju, with some supporters rejoicing over the election of Prof. Elujoba as the Acting Vice-Chancellor in Ile-Ife, Osun, on Thursday (21/7/16) 5236/21/7/2016/EDA/HB/BJO/NAN

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Obafemi Awolowo University chapter, has declared a two-day strike in solidarity with the school’s embattled former vice chancellor, Anthony Elujoba, who is facing corruption trial.

This position was reached at an emergency congress held Friday by the lecturers.

ASUU said the accused professor was not guilty of the seven-count charge.

As such, the lecturers declared Monday and Tuesday lecture free in the university in solidarity with Mr. Elujoba.

This congress where the decision was taken was chaired by the ASUU’s caretaker chairman, Fashiku Christopher of the Department of Philosophy.

A federal high court sitting in Ede, Osun State, remanded the former acting vice chancellor in custody till Tuesday, when the case will come up again.

The Students Union of the University has also reacted to the development.

The public relations officer of the union, Okediji Simon, said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission should not probe Mr. Elujoba alone, but should extend its search to two other former vice chancellors, namely, Bamitale Omole and Micheal Faborode.

Mr. Elujoba is accused of N1.4 billion fraud according to a petition sent to EFCC.

All allegations has been denied by the accused.

Mr. Elujoba is standing trial alongside Josephine Akeredolu, the Bursar of the University.


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  • Abdullah Musa

    The Mother of all insanity!
    If ASUU can decide that a VC under trial for corruption is not guilty, then our children should have no business studying in Nigerian universities.
    A new course ought to be introduced though: Bsc Lootery.
    Plus research grant on how to perfect Collusion.

    • Solomon

      Why did you not bother to ask why ASUU took Thais position. So you think you are wiser than ASUU? Your situation is as pathetic as the publishers of this news. No investigation, no research, just blurting out what was said in court. This is not journalism, any primary six boy can do the same, If you ask why ASUU Ife took this position, you will be given information. Meanwhile, please keep quiet so you don’t further expose your inexcusable ignorance. No offence meant but you don’t just come out to speak about a kan of integrity like Prof. Elujoba Luke that, please, fear God!

  • Anonymous

    The word ASUU is inclusive, its just a few leaders that are doing this rubbish, because of men like this ex-VC will collect monies in bulk but hold on to it, delay payment, lie, owe workers, tell stories, settle a few corners and the rest is history while workers are complaining.

    • Solomon

      You are wrong. This is not an ex-vc, his is ex acting VC , never delayed any payment, never lied to workers, wasn’t owing workers, in fact he paid workers their dues. He is being persecuted. Why did you not at least research the topic a bit before exposing your ignorance so flagrantly?

  • Frost

    What happened to us as a nation? This hurts……….

    • Solomon

      Please clarify your lamentation

  • AbdulHamid Adiamoh

    They will solidarise or course, because the loot was probably shared in ‘solidarity’

    • Solomon

      Which loot are you talking about. Who told you the acting VC stole anything from the University. Pls ask questions and stop displaying your ignorance online.

  • Arkhuma

    Is ASUU now part of the judiciary?

    • Solomon

      Dear Arkhuma, please read Omolara Aduke’s comment. Cheers!

  • GbemigaO

    Corrupt society. When did Asuu changed to judiciary that you know he is not guilty ? Even your dtudents are better than you as they only wanted other VCs to be included and not that the arraignment be stopped.

    • Solomon

      Corrupt society? Based on what piece of evidence? ASUU has spoken, if you are not sure why they took this position, please ask questions.

    • Solomon

      You are either ignorant or outrightly corrupt yourself. You should read Aduke’s comment. You are probably too lazy to read , or cannot pay attention to details. The same reason you cannot write with the correct tense and you have the temerity to accuse an innocent professor. If you have a degree, you must be corrupt because you must have cheated in the English language exam. Please, correct your tenses.

      • GbemigaO

        Just address the issue instead of writing off point! If Asuu spoke, I should accept it just like that? If you are one of them, speak to the issue instead of questioning tenses.

  • Just one question please!

    Has he been stripped of his professorship?
    Or Why the “Mr”?

  • *PROFESSOR ANTHONY ELUJOBA: A GEM TOO MORAL FOR NIGERIA AND MORALITY DON’T HAVE PLACE IN LAW*

    By Adejumo Kabir

    “A dying and unproductive judicial system leads to delay of justice and promotes irregularities”

    I have been called from several quotas to state my position on the detainment and trial of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, immediate past VC, Prof. Anthony Elujoba by the Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).

    Well, truth is bitter but I have also learnt to always say the truth regardless of who it may affect. If EFCC wants to really dig deep into the corruption that has taken place in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, for decade, then, Late Ooni of Ife, Oba Sijuade Okunade may need to reincarnate because all unions on campus have alleged him to be part of the irregularities that led OAU to the mess we found ourselves before the intervention of Federal Government in 2016. (Baba may have the need to come back to wash his hands from the ‘ebola’ allegation).

    For many who are yet to know the reasons for Professor Anthony Elujoba’s detainment, I will enlighten you. This herbal pharmacist trial is connected to the backlog allowances he paid to workers of the institution upon his appointment as the acting vice chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University to restore normalcy and stable academic activities.

    I was wowed by the way workers on campus celebrated Prof. Elujoba last month when he handed over to the new VC. His attitude when he was in office turned Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja ll to chorus leader and patron of OAU music department as the monarch led several songs to eulogise the herbal pharmacist.

    Having read the 7-count charge against Elujoba, I can only find words like ‘intense to steal’, ‘attempt to divert funds’ and others. But, it is so disheartening that Professor Elujoba got detained because he does not understand the language of Nigeria system which is: “what do you want, send me your account number”. If he (Elujoba) understands this language, then EFCC might have turned his bodyguard just like the way they did when Professor Bamitale Omole appeared in their custody.

    The workers of the institution have written enough petitions to nail the corrupt practices of Professor Bamitale Omole. But, those petitions don’t go beyond the DHL office on OAU campus and some that get to EFCC office don’t get treated because he that pays the piper, dictates the tune.

    Just one petition led to the arraignment of a man who I consider to be too moral for Nigeria system and to those who care to know, morality has no place in law.

    Students stormed the social media with hashtag #probeomole but the anti graft agency pretended to be deaf and blind.

    It may interest you to know that presently the new VC of OAU, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede has been parading Abuja immediately after his inauguration to answer the call of the House of Representatives probing the university management over alleged N4.6 billion unremitted funds since 2008 financial year and those who were the real looters work freely on the streets of Nigeria with some of them holding strong position in the country.

    Hmm, Elujoba may not be a saint, but he is by far better than the previous vice chancellors. Baba has forgotten that you don’t appear straight forward to those who ‘play’ you. Elujoba Professor fell in their hands allegedly through the Bursar of the institution, Mrs. Aderonke Akeredolu and others who shared table with Prof. Omole and his cabals. They were part of the corrupt system.

    *My Prayers:*

    1.) Prof. Elujoba should not be detained, he should be allowed to come to court from home.

    2.) Proper investigation should be done and if he (Elujoba) his found guilty, justice should prevail

    3.) EFCC should investigate the finance of Obafemi Awolowo University for the past 10 years

    4.) Prof. Bamitale Omole should be probed by EFCC and other anti-graft agencies.

    5.) Over 60 petitions written against Prof. Bamitale Omole should be revisited.

    6.) Prof. Bamitale Omole should be arraigned with facts and evidences to nail him and if found guilty, justice should prevail.

    Till we meet in court on Tuesday, 11th of July, 2017, the above are my prayers.

    *NB: Law is not concerned about the truth of the matter, law deals with facts and evidences in the matter.*

    Good morning.

    *Adejumo Kabir* is a 200 level student of Obafemi Awolowo University, a Journalist and Public Affairs Analyst

  • Afo

    Has Nigeria gone beyond redemption? How on earth can we explain this unrepentantly and shamelessly corrupt attitudes of those who are in charge of the citadel of learning. If the prof is innocent, the probe will exonerate him and open can of worms against previous administrators who cannot escape once it is in the open. We should rather encourage the prof to open up and expose all the resources stealing that have been going on in the univ.ASUU is afraid that their own corrupt practices will be exposed. Shame them. May God continue to expose all those who are destroying this country by their corrupt practices and help our leaders to sanitize government mechanisms. God bless Nigeria.

    • Solomon

      Dear AFO, please read Aduke’s comment. Cheers!