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No fewer than two staffers of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, have been recommended for dismissal while six others were suspended with half salary for different durations depending on the level of offence committed.
In a statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor of the university on public relations and special duties, Dr. Emmanuel Ojukwu which was sent to The Eastern Updates, those affected were guilty of examination malpractices, sorting, using students to extort others, nonattendance to work and other fraudulent behaviours.
In all, 15 persons were affected.
After receiving payment from students, two teachers were found guilty of encouraging cheating during exams.
They have been suspended from duty to allow for unfettered investigation and other appropriate procedures.
Three lecturers from the Faculty of Education who were indicted for ‘sorting’, obtaining money from students in exchange for unmerited scores were suspended from duty following appropriate procedure.
Also, one student who was used for the collection of money was expelled from the university while his partner in crime was suspended for one academic year for financial fraud, swindling fellow students, exploitation and deliberate refusal to cooperate with investigation.
In one case of ‘sorting’ for grades, the lecturer brazenly listed names of students who passed his courses as having failed with the sole purpose of extorting them. ‘The panel recommended him (names withheld) for dismissal as he was described as ‘unfit’ for the university.’
The concerned student is suspended for one academic year following appropriate procedure.
Also, a Senior Executive Officer in the Continuing Education Programme (CEP) was suspended for six months on half salary for fraudulent transaction.
Other affected officers include: principal executive officer II, who abandoned his duty post for a considerable length of time and was suspended from duty for six months to serve as deterrent to other officers.
Likewise, another worker was suspended for six months after indictment for fraudulent financial transaction concerning the university and so on.
There was also a case of a staff, an examination officer in the Department of History and International Relations, who was indicted for clearing and graduating a student who had 12 outstanding courses.
He was recommended to be dismissed following appropriate procedure.
Also, the result he cleared has been ordered withdrawn and further credentials such as certificate and transcripts should not be issued to him.