…As UI Vice Chancellor hands over 6 staff to DSS, over examination malpractices***
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it is investigating an online report alleging the killing of two persons at Mabera Area of Sokoto Metropolis by personnel of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), just as University of Ibadan Vice Chancellor, Prof Idowu Olayinka handed over six officials of its Distance Learning Center to the Department of the State Security over examination malpractice.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, made this known in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
“An online report by dailynigerian.com has alleged the unfortunate killing of 2 persons at Mabera Area of Sokoto Metropolis yesterday, Oct. 20, as a result of a fracas between Nigerian Air Force (NAF) personnel and suspected Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) youths within the Community.
“However, details regarding the unfortunate incident, which also led to some NAF personnel sustaining serious injuries, are still sketchy.
“Consequently, the NAF is investigating the matter with a view to ascertaining the facts as well as establishing the degree of involvement of its personnel.
“It is pertinent to reiterate that the NAF is a highly disciplined and professional force that does not tolerate or condone acts of indiscipline or violations of human rights of citizens.
“Therefore, every NAF personnel found guilty of misdemeanor, in the past, had always been dealt with in accordance extant laws and the general public duly informed.
“We wish to assure the public that, in line with the NAF’s usual practice, this case will be investigated thoroughly and appropriate action taken.”
In the meantime, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof Idowu Olayinka has handed over six officials of its Distance Learning Center to the Department of the State Security over examination malpractice.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the officials were arrested last Friday and had been cooling their heels in the custody of the DSS before they were released on Monday on administrative bail .
Investigation revealed that the officials allegedly smuggled scripts into the exam hall to students, forged Computer Based Test results; and falsified clearance mostly for students who have student disciplinary cases among others.
Confirming the development on Monday evening, the Director DLC UI centre, Prof Soji Aremu, said that some staff of the centre compromised in helping some students during examination.
“It was the management that caught them and handed them over to the DSS, for us to have the full report.
“They have been released on administrative bail after owing up to the crime committed.
“It is a plus to the management for fishing out the bad eggs and handing them over for the law to take it’s full course,’’ he said.
Mr Tunji Oladejo, the Director of Communications, UI, also said when it happened, the director of UI DLC alerted the VC who ordered the arrest of the culprits.
“Officials of the DSS were invited to effect the arrests. They were found indulging in examination malpractices.
“The Vice Chancellor called on the DSS to engage in rigorous investigation and diligent prosecution to serve as deterrent to others,” Oladejo added.
A source said the information leading to the arrests came from some student accomplices who had earlier been arrested during the ongoing examination by the management of the institution.
The source further said “after the arrest on Thursday last week, some staff have reportedly stayed away from the DLC center located along Sasha.’’