The authorities of the University of Abuja are investigating an alleged examination malpractice involving the Commandant General of Nigerian Peace Corps, Mr. Dickson Akor, YBTCNEWS authoritatively report.
Investigation further revealed that Akor, is currently undergoing a Master Degree Programme in Sociology Department under the Faculty of Social Science of the University of Abuja.
However, trouble started last semester examination when it was alleged that a visiting lecturer from Nasarawa State University Keffi, Dr. Kareem Aliyu allegedly caught the Peace Corps boss cheating during the examination.
Some of the students who spoke to YBTCNEWS on condition of anonymity confirmed the development, even as they also alleged that the Peace Corps boss threatened to deal with the visiting lecturer if he dares to expose him in a bid to tarnish his hard earned reputation.
The students also alleged that the authorities of University of Abuja are trying to cover-up the issue because of the status of the student involved.
In a swift reaction, the University assured that justice will be done in addressing issues relating to examinations misconduct, stressing that the ivory tower does not treat such weighty allegation on the basis of status in society.
According to one of the students, “It was a show of shame between the visiting lecturer and our course mate, Mr. Dickson Akor. Everybody in the class can confirm what really transpired that fateful day. The situation got worst when Akor was threatening the lecturer with his position in society. I hope, the University authority will not do anything funny with this case because it will rubbish the image of the institution”.
Another student affirmed that “I witnessed the fracas between the lecturer and Peace Corps Commandant General. It was an open show”.
Speaking on the issue when contacted, the visiting lecturer, Dr. Kareem Aliyu , who declined to comment on the issue publicly, insisted that he has sent his report to the authorities of University of Abuja for onward consideration, just as he referred our correspondent to the University of Abuja for further inquiries
“I cannot comment on that issue publicly for now. I have sent my report to University of Abuja. I was just a visiting lecturer and whatever transpired during my stay in the University has been communicated to the relevant authorities. Whatever they (university authority) want to do with the report is none of my business. Go to the University and get details,” Kareem stated.
When our correspondent contacted the University of Abuja, the spokesperson, Mr. Waziri said he is not aware of matter, stressing that the case has not reached the University senate level.
According to him, “honestly, I am not aware of the matter. I am sure, it is still at the departmental level and I cannot speak for the department. It is better you confirm from the department”.
On his part, the Head of Sociology Department, Prof. Suleiman Mohammed, told our correspondent that the University authorities will not treat issues relating to examination malpractice with levity, just as he assured that justice will be done.
“First, let me commend you for your patience and maturity. When you called me last week, I was in Sokoto for a training programme and I promised to see when I return to Abuja. Unfortunately, I don’t know how to help you in this matter because the University is an organised system. We have structures in the University system and issues relating to examination misconduct are treated step by step. I don’t know why the PRO Waziri refers you to the department because he is spokesperson for the University and it will not be wise for us to speak differently.
“Secondly, I want to assure you that in the University, we don’t treat our students on the basis of status in society. We see everybody as student and not a big man in society. Therefore, the fear that the case you are referring to will be treated unfairly is not true. All cases of alleged examination misconduct have been sent to the relevant body and until the outcome of their investigation, all those involved are still suspects,” Mohammed stressed.
When our correspondent contacted the Peace Corps boss, Mr. Dickson Akor on phone, on Friday May 18, 2018 at 6.36pm, he said three journalists have called him on the same issue just to extort money from him, insisting that any issue of examination malpractice should be directed to the university authority.
Below is the excerpts of the conversation between our correspondent and Dickson Akor:
Our correspondent: Hello sir, I have been working on a story for the past six weeks that borders on your integrity. Sir, it has been alleged that you where caught cheating during examination last semester examination. (Cut in)
Akor: My friend, three journalists have already called me on the same issue just to extort money from me. If there is any case of examination malpractice, go to the University of Abuja to find out.
Our correspondent: Commandant, please I told you earlier that I have been on this issue for six weeks. I spoke to two of your course mates, I also spoke to the visiting lecturer, the University’s spokesperson and the Head of Sociology Department, Prof. Suleiman Mohammed. (Cut in).
Akor: But I am in Government House Makurdi, preparing for our party congress. We can talk on Tuesday next week in Abuja.
When our correspondent called the Peace Corps boss on Tuesday May 22, 2018, he refused to pick his call.
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