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ICPC, Police probe Abuja varsity management over alleged sharp practices

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

ABUJA—THE Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, and the police have embarked on investigation of alleged corrupt practices by the management of the University of Abuja.

A source in the university told Vanguard on condition of anonymity that both the ICPC and the Police were investigating alleged scam in the remittance to the Central Bank of Nigeria by the university.

Vanguard also gathered that the House of Representatives Committee on Education that recently visited the university frowned on alleged illegal expenses on the university’s council amounting several millions at the expense of the under-development of the university.

Recall that the authorities of the University of Abuja recently slammed a suspension order on two members of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, of the university for allegedly reporting alleged corrupt practices of some of the management staff to the Federal Government.

Some of the allegations against the school management included issues bordering on corruption, alleged illegal and irregular recruitment of about 200 people without advertisement or due process, embezzlement of funds under the guise of renting a guest House for the Pro-Chancellor; refusal to release the audit report of the Transport Unit which revealed graft by some staff to the tune of several millions of naira.

The petitioners also accused the management of awarding contract for the printing of 30,000 copies of   Degree Certificates to a foreign company in the United Kingdom, UK, to the tune of N38,315,100.00, claiming that over 86,000 plain certificates produced by the Security Printing and Minting Company, SPMC, were lying fallow in the University Registry.

A source in the university who did not want his name mentioned, claimed that “all these happened without due process but purely driven by greed and corruption.”

Vanguard gathered that upon the receipt of the petition, the Minister of Education set up a visitation team to the University of Abuja and nine other tertiary institutions in the country.

This committee, which started work in the first week of December 2015 and rounded off late January this year, had since submitted its report to the government since February 2016.


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