The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Olusola Oyewole, who suspended and later sacked three whistleblowers, has been arrested.
A source at the anti-graft commission, EFCC, told the News Agency of Nigeria, on Wednesday in Abuja that Mr. Oyewole was arrested for alleged fraud.
According to the source, the Vice Chancellor will be arraigned in court on Friday.
When contacted, the spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, declined comment on the issue.
“I don’t have that information yet,” he said.
Mr. Oyewole was invited by the commission about two months ago following allegations of financial fraud in a petition by some university staff, members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU.
PREMIUM TIMES reported how Lasun Somoye, Abdulsalaam Sobbor and Bimbo Bankole, were suspended by the university and later sacked by its governing council. The petitioners had written to the EFCC, accusing the vice chancellor and the institution’s pro-chancellor of fraud.
Eighteen other workers were also sacked by the university which claimed they were dismissed for stealing the institution’s property.
The sack has been condemned by a lot of Nigerians with a civic group, CSNAC asking the Nigeria Human Rights Commission to intervene.