A disagreement has ensued between a staff of the Delta State University, Abraka, Ethiope East local government area, Mr. Oghenenyore Akpobi, and the schools management over whether he should keep his official residence or not after been fired for overstaying a medical vacation abroad.
Akpobi has actually leveled a threat to life allegation against the school management through a petition to the Delta State Commissioner of Police,
In the petition, he insists that he cannot be ejected from his official resident at 5, Kano street, pending the determination of the substantive suit filed against the University, its Vice Chancellor, Prof Victor Peretomode and two others on Suit No.: EEACCII/94/2016 over unlawful termination of his employment..
Akpobi speaking to newsmen in Abraka said he petitioned to the Delta State Commissioner of Police on a conduct of the school management likely to cause breach of peace and demanded for immediate investigations into the matter.
Akpobi said, “While in the employment of the Delta State University, l had health challenges, so l was granted six weeks leave to travel to lndia to undergo a two-stage spinal surgery and l had to seek for an extension of my medical leave on the advice of my doctor. Instead of approving my request for extension, on Nov. 3rd, 2015, my earlier three months medical leave was withdrawn and my salary stopped.
“Upon my return from lndia, l was prevented from gaining access into my office to carry out my duties as a Senior Accountant attached to the Oleh Campus of Delta State University, Abraka, by security men who said they were acting on instructions. It was on this ground that l filed a suit through my lawyers against the Vice Chancellor, Delta State University, Abraka, Prof. Victor Peretomode and others.
“Since then l have been receiving threats to my life, leading to my often times sleeping outside my house for the fear of being attacked, by suspected thugs hired to threaten me to vacate my official residence when the court has not ruled over the matter. It was on this ground l petitioned the Delta State Commissioner of Police since Feb. 26th, 2019.
“I have been invited to the Delta State Police Command to make statement after whicht three days ago, the Vice Chancellor led some unknown persons to my apartment to ask me to quit but l insisted that I will stay put until the court decides, the issues around the termination of my appointment..
When contacted, the Vice Chancellor denied ever going into Akpobis residence or threatening him.
He said he saw Akpobi last four years ago, that rather it was the petitioner that has been threatening him and the former Vice Chancellor of the university, adding that the institution has terminated the staff employment and that he has no reason to still be occupying school apartment.
When contacted, the Acting Delta State Police Public Relation Officer, Inspector Chuks Orisewezie, said he is not aware of any petition against the Vice Chancellor of the Delta State University, Abraka but promised to find out.