By Emmanuel Elebeke
AWKA – The Anambra State Security Service, (SSS) has clearedÂ Mr. Henry AginamÂ over allegedÂ membership of a secret cult in the Nnamdi Azikiwe University. AÂ group,Oko Poly rector tussle: SSS clears Aginam of cultism of Anambra state, had alleged in a newspapers publication, that Aginam, a one timeÂ Head of Department of Civil Engineering, UNIZIK is a member of a secret cult in the university.
But in a swift reaction, a reliable sourceÂ atÂ Â SSS in Awka,Â Anambra state capitalÂ in an interaction with Vanguard,Â said that Mr. Aginam, a seasoned lecturer at the university, has no case to answer over the allegation against him.
â€œI am not aware of any security file against Aginamâ€ the source said.
Meanwhile, investigations have revealed that theÂ allegations by the group, was geared towards tarnishing theÂ image of Aginam, who is seen as a leadingÂ candidate for the post of Rector of the Federal Polytechnic Oko.
The group, it was gathered,Â was using everything within its means, especially campaign of calumny to tarnish the good image of Aginam, who is alsoÂ the Chairman of Menâ€™s General meeting of St Johnâ€™s Church Oko,Â in Orumba Local Government Area ofÂ Anambra state.
TheÂ investigations also revealed that the group,Â now using a section of the mediaÂ as a propaganda tool is distorting facts as well asÂ whipping up sentiments to launch attacks on Aginamâ€™sÂ candidacy,Â said to be the toast of the council members and the school community.
Aginam, it was gathered,Â is not only an engineer, but an academician of repute,Â that has never been involved in sexual harassment of female students whatsoever.
It wasÂ gathered that Aginam is anÂ experienced lecturer andÂ a member of many professional bodies.
But attempts to get the university don for his comment over the allegation failed as at press time. But a council member of the school, who spoke on ground of anonymity, said that AginamÂ is the best candidate forÂ the Rector of the Federal Polytechnic.
â€œAginam is a seasoned lecturer. The records are there to attest.Â He was never involved in any secret cult in the university or involved in sexual harassment.