LASU sacks ASUU leader, 16 others for alleged bribery, forgery, other offences

The accusations and counter-accusations between the Management of the Lagos State University and the Chairman of the school’s branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr Isaac Akinloye Oyewunmi, reached a climax yesterday with Oyewunmi’s dismissal by the authorities of the university.

Also dismissed alongside Oyewunmi were 14 academic and two non-academic staff of the university, whose dismissals were ratified at the sitting of the Governing Council on Thursday.

The dismissed staff of the university include Dr. Adebowale Adeyemi-Suenu, Senior Lecturer and Acting Head, Department of History and International studies; Mr Olatoye Mubin Raji, Assistant Lecturer, Department of Religions (Islamic Studies Unit); Dr. Olugbenro Bankole Odofin, Senior Lecturer, Department of Education Foundation and Counselling Psychology; Dr. Adebowale Adebayo Ademeso, Senior Lecturer, Department of Theatre Arts and Music; Dr. Scholastica Ebarefimia Udegbe, Lecturer 1, Department of Marketing and Dr. Olufemi Olugbenga Soyeju, Lecturer ll, Department of Jurisprudence and International Law.

Others are Dr. Olawale Ganiyu Raimi, Senior Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry; Mr Ademola Olusola Adesina, Lecturer ll, Department of Computer Science; Dr. Shamisudeen Olusesan Badmus, Lecturer ll, Department of Accounting; Dr. Emmanuel Sesofia Asapo, Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemical and Polymer Engineering; Dr. Christiana Ibidun Obagbuwa, Lecturer ll, Department of Computer Science; Mr Lateef Babatunde Salami, Lecturer ll, Department of Microbiology; Olubukola Adetoun Oyeniya, Assistant Research Fellow, Centre for Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Development; Dr. Fatimat Oluwatoyin Bakare, Assistant Lecturer, Department of Chemical and Polymer Engineering; Mr Ramon Ajose Alli (former Head Machine Operator); Mr Emmanuel Baoku Babatunde, a Senior Security Officer and Mr Ernest Odili, an Assistant Security Officer.

Their dismissal was contained in a statement signed by the university’s acting Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr Adekoya, and made by available to The Nation.

The allegations against the affected lecturers ranged from bribery, result/grades falsification and doctoring of certificates to defaulting on the conditions of their training leave bond and dishonesty, among others.

Similarly, Dr. John Olufemi Adeogun, an associate professor, Department of Human Kinetics, Sports and Health Education, Faculty of Education, was demoted for “acts bordering on dishonesty,” while a non-teaching staff and senior security officer, Mr Emmanuel Baoku Babatunde, was also reduced in rank for “deliberate sabotaging of the university’s security operations.”

The case of Oyewunmi, a senior lecturer in the Department of Human Kinetics, Sports and Health Education, had been on the table since November last year when the school’s management alleged that he collected a N50,000 bribe from 2003 modular year students of Political Science Education on the sandwich Programme.

Oyewunmi, who until his dismissal yesterday was the ASUU-LASU chairman, denied it all.

His case was to later polarise the rank and file of the union, with some pitting their tents with management others described it as victimisation of the union by management, using certain elements who were considered loyal to the immediate past administration which had a running battle with ASUU-LASU and other unions, but was eventually kicked out.

However, the management said it premised its judgement on the integrity of the investigative panel as well as the individuals being given a fair hearing.

“The Joint Council /Senate (Academic) Disciplinary Committee and the Joint Council (Administrative and Technical Staff) Disciplinary Committee which heard the cases strictly followed all laid down procedures, and duly gave opportunity to the individuals involved to defend themselves. The Lagos State University is poised to continue to quality assure its processes,” the statement further stated.

The university’s branch of ASUU said yesterday that it was aware of the report and would make its pronouncement known at the appropriate time.

ASUU-LASU Secretary, Dr Tony Dansu, said the union would keep mum on the issue for now.

”We are aware of the release, but we want to be silent for now.

“We shall soon convene a meeting, and whatever is the outcome shall be made public through you. That I can assure you,” he said.

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