FG suspends FUTA and FUNAAB Vice-chancellors over criminal charges

Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA)
Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA)/ Image via Juju Films

The Federal Government has suspended the vice chancellors of the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) and the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Prof Adebiyi Daramola and Prof Olusola Oyewole respectively.

At FUTA, the suspension order of the university’s principal officers which included the Vice Chancellor and his Bursar was conveyed in a letter which arrived on May 8 according to Vanguard newspapers and was signed by the acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, Hussaini Adamu.

The suspension was confirmed by the chairman of the Joint Action Committee, JAC, of the University and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, Dele Durojaiye.

The Vice-chancellor and the bursar were taken to court by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) over alleged mismanagement of the institution funds and they were granted bail by the High court in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

At FUNAAB, the suspension letter was directed to the Vice Chancellor to hand over his position to the most Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellors. The letter entailed that he was being suspended and was taken to court by the EFCC based on criminal charges. The VC was arraigned on Monday, November 24, 2016, at the Ogun State High Court.

Investigations are still going on with the university administration on the true position of things while a formal statement would be issued in due course but, meanwhile, activities are going on normally in the school premises.

The VC is to be charged to court alongside the former Pro-Chancellor and the Bursar of the institution for misappropriation of funds and abuse of office.

They were investigated after whistle-blowers tipped off the anti-graft agency accusing the trio of suspicious dealings totaling N800 million. The case is before Justice O.C Majekodunmi of the state High Court.

In Summary, The University heads were instructed to handover to the most senior Deputy Vice-Chancellors of their respective institutions.

Speaking to reporters, the head of Directorate of Public Relations in FUNAAB, Mrs. Emi Alawode said:

“Consultations are in progress with the university administration on the true position of things, while a formal statement will be issued in due course. Meanwhile, all normal academic and administrative activities are ongoing unabated, in the university.”