Group wants Nigeria Rights Commission to protect dismissed university whistleblowers

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A civic group has asked the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, to protect whistleblowers at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

In its petition to the NHRC, the Civil Society Network Against Corruption, CSNAC, condemned the decision of the governing council of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, to sack three whistleblowers.

The victims spearheaded a petition to the anti-graft agency, EFCC, against the Vice Chancellor of the university, Olusola Oyewole.

The affected whistleblowers are Lasun Somoye, Abdulsalaam Sobbor and Bimbo Bankole. They accused Mr. Oyewole of misappropriation of funds and abuse of office.

The EFCC is currently investigating the allegations and has questioned some of the accused officials including Mr. Oyewole.

The university council also dismissed another 18 staff of the institution.

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

Their suspension ignited a strike by the non-teaching staff of the university that has continued since August.
It was after the suspension that the governing council sacked them.

In a petition signed by its national chairman, Olanrewaju Suraju, ‎CSNAC made reference to a November 12, report of PREMIUM TIMES, where the sack of the whistleblowers was revealed.

The group also made reference to a statement by the worker’s union, SSANU, condemning the sack of the staff.
It urged the NHRC to protect the rights of the whistleblowers.

Meanwhile, the university has also warned the other members of the non-teaching staff to return to work or face sanctions.


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  • Adedayo Durodola

    It is unbelievable that the Governing Council of FUNAB could go ahead to dismiss the Union Leaders who blew the whistle on the corrupt practices of the Vice Chancellor by reporting to the EFCC. The authorities should know that the primary purpose of Unions is to protect the interest of the establishment their members are working in so that they will continue to be in employment. Any action taken in tort by the union leaders towards protecting this interest of their members is not actionable in law.
    Trade Unions Act Section 24.
    Prohibitions of actions in tort against trade unions
    (I) An action against a trade union (whether of workers or employers) in respect of
    any tortious act alleged to have been committed by or on behalf of the trade union in con-
    templation of or in furtherance of a trade dispute shall not be entertained by any court in
    Nigeria.
    (2) Subsection (I) of this section applies both to an action against a trade union in its
    registered name and to an action against one or more person as representatives of a trade
    union.