The management of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) in Zaria, Kaduna State has fired 15 lecturers over offences involving sexual harassment, negligence of duty and corruption in the institution.
It was gathered that the lecturers were from different departments and faculties in the institution.
A reliable source, said: “It is true that the Ahmadu Bello University management sacked some lecturers.”
He told newsmen that the sacking of the lecturers was duly approved by the Governing Council of the institution
Also, the Director of ABU’s Public Affairs, Dr Sama’ila Shehu, confirmed the incident but noted that not all of them were lecturers, he also revealed some were sacked while others had their ranks reduced.
He said: “Not all of them are lecturers but they are ABU staff. They cut across. The total of those affected is 16.
According to the Principal officer: ” But some of the offences range from mishandling of records, scripts, sexual harassment and assault.
There are categories of offences and penalties. Some are a termination of appointments, dismissal and demotion.”
According to a document, the dismissal of the erring staff was approved by the university’s Governing Council during it’s two days separate meetings.
It was also reported that a lecturer from the Department of Plant Science was sacked over sexual harassment of a female staff while three lecturers from the Sociology department were sacked over the alteration of results, extortion of students and illegal allocation of grades.
Two staff from the Bursary unit were sacked over diversion of money and fraudulent reinstatement of staff on payroll. Similarly, a lecturer in the Political Science department was demoted over the loss of students’ scripts, the offence that the university defined as “negligence of duty”.
It was also discovered that the job of many lecturers is on the line, an investigation into their involvement in sexual harassment and other offences is still ongoing.