There is an uneasy calm at the Obafemi Awolowo University as the Economic and Financial Crimes commission has summoned the Acting Vice Chancellor of the Institution, Anthony Elujoba.
A letter, signed by Oseni Kazeem of the Southwest Zonal Office of the commission in Ibadan, Oyo State, advised the VC and the school’s bursar, Aderonke Akeredolu, to come along with necessary documents.
The letter reads in part, “The office is currently investigating a case in which there is the need to obtain clarification from you. In view of the foregoing, you and your bursar are requested to report to our office for an interview.
“You are also to come along with the following documents: the salary payment schedule/any other payment made to senior staff and junior staff in August and September, 2016; payment vouchers relating to furniture allowances paid to the VC from the day he assumed office to date; certified true copies of the monthly salary pay slips of the VC from the day he assumed office to date.”
The acting Vice Chancellor has been accused of paying allowances without approval. PREMIUM TIMES learnt that a petition was written by an unnamed OAU Staff to the EFCC, who complained about the allowances.
The Public Relations Officer said the money spent could not be said to have been misappropriated.
“The Vice Chancellor has been invited to make clarifications and he would be there, from there we would know what next,” he said.
PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the Non-Academic staff Union of Universities and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities were planning a protest to show their displeasure over the invite by the EFCC.
Before the acting VC came on board, the two unions had protested non-payment of their allowances for months, forcing the school to close under the former Vice Chancellor, Bamitale Omole.
The school commenced a new semester on Sunday, December 11.
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