Thursday, May 11, 2017 7:50 pm
Professor Olusola Oyewole, the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) has been suspended by the Federal Ministry of Education over alleged criminal charges against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The Vice Chancellor was arraigned on November 2014 at a State high court sitting in Abeokuta, the Ogun State on corrupt charges by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
In a Letter dated May 5, 2017 titled: Suspension of the Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, and signed by Dr. Hussaini Adamu, Acting Permanent Secretary in the ministry on behalf of the Hon. Minister, the ministry stated that Oyewole should proceed on immediate suspension pending the “determination of the Court case” against him.
The letter reads: “sequel to your arraignment before an Ogun State High Court on Criminal charges by Economic for Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on Monday, 24th November 2016, I am directed to convey the Honourable Minister’s approval to place you on suspension from office with immediate effect pending the determination of the Court case against you in accordance with extant rules.
“You are therefore directed to hand over the affairs of your office to the most senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor in the university.”
But the University’s head of public relations, Mrs Emi’ Alawode said consultations are still on over the development.
“Consultations are in progress with the University Administration on the true position of things, while a formal statement will be issued in due course. Meanwhile, all normal academic and administrative activities are ongoing unabated, in the University,” she said.