JUST IN: Former Nigerian University VC sent to prison over alleged N1.4 billion fraud

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

A former Vice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Anthony Elujoba, has been remanded in Ilesha Prisons after the bail application was dismissed.

Justice David Oladimeji of the Federal High Court in Ede, Osun State, ruled that Mr. Elujoba be remanded till July 19 when the case will be brought for hearing.

The former VC is standing trial on a seven-count charge of alleged corruption and abuse of office involving some N1.4 billion.

He is standing trial alongside the bursar of the university, Josephine Akeredolu.

But workers of the university see Mr. Elujoba’s trial as “victimisation”.

Two lecture-free days declared by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, in solidarity with Mr. Elujoba ended Tuesday.

On Tuesday, workers of the university protested the decision of the court to send the embattled professor to prison.

The Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, NASU, locked down the court gate as the ruling was being handed.

No one was allowed to leave the premises of the court at the time of this report.

The workers demanded the judge withdraw his ruling, and authorise the former vice chancellor be kept in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Students fear the latest disturbances may further affect their academic calendar.


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  • DanJ

    Such attitude coming from people working in an academic environment is worrisome.
    Intimidation the Judge may be obstruction of Justice.

    • Anonymous

      if that anything happens to prof Elujoba , there would be WAR

  • Kay

    “Because the farm owner is slow to catch the thief, the thief catches the farm owner” says the Yoruba proverb. Those OAU VC’s ( professors Omole and Faborode ) that committed frauds that runs into several billions of naira are walking about unrufuled, while he that only paid entitlement arrears that was left unpaid for several years by the thief VC’s, so that there might be peace on the campus, is in imprisoned for no other reason than that.

    His greatest mistake was that, when approached by the thief VC’s for cover up, he agreed not to blow any whistle, despite overwhelming evidences of gross stealing and missapropriations. The same thirds he agreed to cover up, went ahead to implicate him, with the contacts they have within EFCC. Now, I see many files that had been swept under the carpets opened. I see many whistles being blown. I hope this serves as a lesson to all, that the earlier stated Yoruba proverb is always true, a reason for which whistles should be appropriately blown, when it should be blown.

    My prayer is that only those that are truly guilty should eternally end up in jail, while anyone that is innocent is left off the hook. It takes an insider to fully understand all I have stated above; a reason for which all the students, NASUU, ASUU and other Unions are rallying behind professor Elujoba. Such unity had never been found on OAU campus. I doubt also that such unity had ever been seen on any other campus in Nigeria, down the line of history.

    • kinsly

      So because we didn’t catch other thieves then we should leave the ones we can catch?

      • Kay

        I didn’t say that. I stated that the money was spent on paying accumulated entitlement arrears of workers, to ensure peace reigns on campus. If you have a child that spends ten years in the University for a four year course or you have parent (s) whose legitimate entitlements were no paid for several years, you would know what I talked about. There’s no where in my post I called him a thief, if you understand what I said. I implore you to solemnly read my post again. I also stated the fault he has : he didn’t blow the whistle when he should. It takes an insider to fully understand what I wrote above.

        The only thing I said was that if a thief is not caught on time, by a farm owner, the thief becomes bold and accuses the farm owner of being a thief. The thiefs in question as alluded by me, were the two former VC’s ( professors Omole and Faborode ). For the whole community of OAU to stand by him should tell you that there’s more to the story than stated in the news.

  • Kay

    “Because the farm owner is slow to catch the thief, the thief catches the farm owner” says the Yoruba proverb. Those OAU VC’s ( professors Omole and Faborode ) that committed frauds that runs into several billions of naira are walking about unrufuled, while he that only paid entitlement arrears that was left unpaid for several years by the thief VC’s, so that there might be peace on the campus, is imprisoned for no other reason than that.

    His greatest mistake was that, when approached by the thief VC’s for cover up, he agreed not to blow any whistle, despite overwhelming evidences of gross stealing and missapropriations. The same thiefs he agreed to cover up, went ahead to implicate him, with the contacts they have within EFCC. Now, I see many files that had been swept under the carpets opened. I see many whistles being blown. I hope this serves as a lesson to all, that the earlier stated Yoruba proverb is always true, a reason for which whistles should be appropriately blown when it should be blown.

    My prayer is that only those that are truly guilty should eternally end up in jail, while anyone that is innocent is left off the hook. It takes an insider to fully understand all I have stated above; a reason for which all the students, NASUU, ASUU and other Unions are rallying behind professor Elujoba. Such unity had never been found on OAU campus. I doubt also that such unity had ever been seen on any other campus in Nigeria, down the line of history

  • shola

    “Two lecture-free days declared by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, in solidarity with Mr. Elujob” AND entourage of Senators storm the court also in solidarity with Saraki. My God, who respects our institution today? Let Justice take its course. The appellant court is not there for nothing.

  • Bright Ezeh

    Why all this noise the prison is made for people, if he is lnnocent God will set him free but if he is guilty God will allow him to pay his price, because we didn’t catch other thief’s we will not allow the one we catch to go free

  • Bright Ezeh

    Majority of Nigerian lecturers are evil

    • Frank Bassey

      The students are no better, Sir.

  • Mike

    I just wonder why a reputable media organization like the Premium Times do not verify their source and authenticity of their information before rushing to publish it. The Bail application was argued by both the defence lawyer and the Efcc lawyer and due to the bulkiness of their processes, the court could not deliver its ruling immediately because of other cases on the court’s list, it therefore adjourned till Wed, the 19th July, 2017 for ruling, a day within the judicial vacation. Meanwhile the defendants were ordered to be remanded in Ilesha Prisons till that date.