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AAU sacks 13 members of staff over alleged age falsification, sexual harassment

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Thirteen staff at Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma, Edo State have lost their jobs over offences ranging from falsification of age, financial fraud, gross misconduct, extortion and sexual harassment.

This was disclosed by the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Asomwan Adagbonyin.

According to Adagbonyin, the dismissed academic and non-academic staff were alleged of offences ranging from falsification of age, financial fraud, gross misconduct, extortion and sexual harassment.

He stated that the decision to terminate the appointments of the alleged erring staff was reached following the recommendations of the University Staff Disciplinary Committee (USDC) which found them guilty of the offences.

Adagbonyin disclosed this while presenting the committee’s report to the Chairman, Engr. Andrew Olotu and members of the AAU Special Intervention Team (SIT) on Monday in Benin City.

The VC disclosed that the affected staff are from the faculty of Basic Medical Science, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Nursing Department, Engineering Department, Faculty of Law and Political Science, as well as the former Director of the University’s Farm.

He revealed that the disciplinary committee had given the affected staff a fair hearing and recommended that “the criminal aspect of the disengage staff offence should be reported to security operatives.”

Adagbonyin said a lecturer who was the head of nursing science was recommended for sacked after he was found guilty of extorting students of #32,000 and #52,000 respectively, adding that a lecturer who was indicted for sexual harassment was also dismissed.

He said, “The lecturer had claimed to only make advances, but he went to the said girl’s church to plead for forgiveness. The victim has been protected and reassigned to another lecturer.”

The VC, however, informed that out of the 209 disciplinary cases received, the USDC has concluded 132 of the cases, representing 63%, while 77 cases representing 37% are pending.


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