Three labour unions in the Federal University of Technology, Akure, have expressed their displeasure over the delay in the prosecution of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Adebiyi Daramola by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The unions which included Senior Staff Association of the Nigerian Universities, National Association of Academics Technologists and the Non Academic Staff Union have been having crisis with the VC since last year which had led to a series of protests on the campus. They also called for the removal of the VC.
Prof. Daramola was arrested by the anti-graft commission following various petitions over his alleged financial mismanagement. He was however released the same day
Speaking with journalists at the SSANU Secretariat in FUTA on Wednesday, the institution’s Chairman of the Joint Action Congress, Mr. Dele Durojaye said the EFCC should either arraign the FUTA boss in court or exonerate him .
He said the EFCC had assured the unions that the investigation would be concluded in December 2016 after which he (Daramola) would be arraigned in court. He urged the EFCC to act on the matter .
Durojaye said, “I think government needs special court to try corruption cases because if EFCC told us that investigation will be concluded by first week of December, here we are 26th of January (Wednesday), he (Daramola) has still not be charged to court.
“If EFCC has finished investigation in December, what is keeping them, why is the man not in court? If the Federal Government is sincere in fighting corruption, it should keep EFCC on its toes by establishing special courts so that corruption cases do not take time.”
The labour leader insisted that the crisis would not end and they would not return to work until the VC was removed, describing him ( Daramola) as a corrupt administrator .
He also expressed displeasure over the inability of the institution’s council to use the extant rules of the university which allowed suspension of any staff or student under investigation of corruption allegations.
” Till date, Prof. Daramola has proved to be above the law (extant rules) which he (Daramola) had used on staff and students in the time past, ” he alleged .
The Registrar of the institution, Dr. Modupe Ajayi said the council and stakeholders in town had intervened in the crisis.
She noted that since the issue was still before the anti-graft commission, the council had decided to await the resolutions of the government agency saddled with the responsibilities of handling such cases.
Also, when contacted, the Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said the Daramola’s case was still with the Ibadan Zonal Office.
“I will find out from there (ibadan office) and I will let you know,” he stated