A professor of the University of Abuja has been dismissed for the scandalous and inappropriate relationship with a female student that was uncovered during a sting operation by the police.
Three other lecturers were also sanctioned by the university for various offences. While another professor was dismissed for dishonesty two senior lecturers were downgraded for various infractions against the university’s code of conduct.
A statement by the university’s head of information and university relations, Dr. Habib Yakoob said the disciplinary actions followed the 85th Regular Meeting of the University’s Council on Wednesday, 11th and Thursday, 12th December, 2019 where the issues concerning the affected persons were discussed.
A female student of the university had last July accused a professor in the University’s department of Agriculture of sexually molesting her and demanding sexual favours to pass his exam. The lecturer was eventually nailed after a police sting operation caught him.
The university in the statement said:
“Council at its 85th Regular Meeting held on Wednesday, 11th and Thursday, 12th December, 2019, considered reports and recommendations from its Disciplinary Committee and after due diligence, approved the termination of appointment of two Professors for various acts of misconduct: (1) Professor Adeniji Adedayo Abiodun of the Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, for inappropriate relationship with a female student which is a misconduct of ‘scandalous and disgraceful nature’ as provided in Section 16, subsection 3(c) of the University of Abuja Conditions of Service for Senior Staff (1999), ‘Falsification of academic records’ and ‘aiding and abetting of examination malpractice’ in line with section 7, subsection 1b(ii) &(v) of the University of Abuja Conditions of Service for Senior Staff (1999).
” Professor Agaptus Buzo – Chibuzo Orji of the Department of Science and Environmental Education, Faculty of Education, University of Abuja, for ‘falsification of academic records’, ‘aiding and abetting of examination malpractice’, in line with section 7, subsection 1b(ii)&(v) of the University of Abuja Conditions of Service for Senior Staff (1999), ‘Corruption and dishonesty’ in line with Section 7, subsection 1b (iv) of the University of Abuja Condition of Service for Senior Staff (1999).
“Council also approved the demotion of Dr. Robert Dajal, Department of Science and Environmental Education, Faculty of Education by a rank, from Associate Professor to Senior Lecturer, and Mr. Gana Emmanuel Sunday Defian, Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture by two ranks, from Lecturer 1 to Assistant Lecturer, for their complicity in various acts of misconduct inimical to the good image of the University.
“The University of Abuja wishes to restate its commitment to high moral standards and determination to take appropriate disciplinary measures against any act of misconduct perpetrated by its staff and/or students, in the interest of justice and educational development.”