Fraud: Former Nigerian university VC sent to prison

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Anthony Elujoba, former vice chancellor (VC) of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) has been sent to prison after bail application was dismissed.

On Friday, according to report, Justice David Oladimeji of the Federal High Court in Ede, Osun, ruled that Elujoba be held in prison until July 19 when the case would be brought for hearing.

The former VC is on trial for seven-count charge of alleged corruption and abuse of office tied to ₦1.4 billion.

The bursar of the university Josephine Akeredolu was also arraigned and held in custody along with the former VC on the same count of charges.

Report says, today, workers of the university protested the decision of the court to send the professor to prison.

The workers locked down the court gate as the ruling was been handed. They demanded that the judge withdraw his ruling and authorise the former VC to be held in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

During the protests on the university campus, Comrade Niyi Sunmonu, the chairman of ASUU OAU caretaker committee said:

‘Following the agitation of workers for payment of their legitimate allowances and the discovery of a floating huge sum of university funds (illegally kept  from TSA), Professor Elujoba approved the payment of ₦350,000 to each senior and junior staff, respectively.

‘This payment and and his other financial actions were given covering approval by the governing council as empowered. We believe that Professor Elujoba did not embezzle or mismanage any university fund.’

Students are afraid that the issue might further affect their academic calendar.

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