The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to release its findings on the alleged N2billion fraud petition on the University of Ilorin, submitted to it over a year ago.
The Union also called for the recall of all sacked and victimised members at the Kogi State University, Lagos State University and University of Ilorin.
While calling on President Buhari to check the growing impunity at the Unilorin, the ASUU said it will continue to expose corruption in universities despite victimisation of its members.
The Ibadan Zone of ASUU in a release signed by its Coordinator, Dr Ade Adejumo titled “impunity and disregard for the Rule of Law: the Cases of the University of Ilorin, Kogi State University and Lagos State University”, ASUU accused the anti-corruption agencies including ICPC, CCB and EFCC of failing to bring the administrations of Professors Ishaq Oloyede and Abdulganiyu Ambali as Vice Chancellors of University of Ilorin to justice despite “substantial evidence which nailed them on corruption issues.”
According to ASUU in the statement, the failure of the anti-corruption agencies to make public their investigations on the petition has made a mockery of the whistle blowing policy of the Buhari administration and allowed impunity to thrive while the whistle blowers, Drs Kayode Afolayan and Solomon Oyelekan were sacked for daring to expose corruption at UniIlorin.
While the Union appealed to the Visitor to the University of Ilorin to prevail on the council to recall sacked officials of the union, it called for a “special probe panel of men and women of integrity to look into the books of past administrations in Unilorin.”
Dr Adejumo also noted that it is worrisome that the Lagos State University went ahead to sack its members (Drs Isaac Akinloye and Adebowale Adeyemi-Suenu) alleged of altering students’ results and demanding money from students without “proven evidence beyond reasonable doubt”, and as such asked Governor Akinwumi Ambode to intervene in the matter urgently.
“In a country where universities are short of qualified academic staff, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state terminated the appointment of 120 members of our union and got unqualified persons to impart the knowledge they do not possess. ASUU believes in the rule of law and will continue to expose the dangers of the criminality that is presently going on in these universities despite victimisation of our members. we call on the visitors in these universities to stop the impunity and recall the sacked lecturers”