Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Protest As Court Sends Ex-OAU VC, Prof. Anthony Elujoba, To Prison Over Alleged N1.4Billion Fraud

There was a mild protest as the Federal High Court in Ede, Osun state, sent a former Vice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Anthony Elujoba, to Ilesha prisons after the bail application was dismissed.

Justice David Oladimeji ruled that Prof. Elujoba be remanded till July 19 when the case will be brought for hearing, PremiumTimes reports.

It was gathered that the former VC, alongside the bursar of the university, Josephine Akeredolu, are standing trial on a seven-count charge of alleged corruption and abuse of office involving some N1.4 billion.

But workers of the university see Mr. Elujoba’s trial as ''victimisation''.

Two lecture-free days declared by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), in solidarity with Mr. Elujoba ended Tuesday July, 11.

On Tuesday, workers of the university protested the decision of the court to send the embattled professor to prison.

The Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) locked down the court gate as the ruling was being handed.

No one was allowed to leave the premises of the court at the time of this report.

The workers demanded the judge’s withdraw his ruling, and authorise the former vice chancellor be kept in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Students fear the latest disturbances may further affect their academic calendar.

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