The management of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) in Zaria, Kaduna State has sacked 16 members of staff for offences ranging from sexual harassment, negligence of duty and corruption.
The Nation reports that the staff are from different departments and faculties in the institution.
A source, who prefers anonimity told the newspaper, “it is true that the Ahmadu Bello University management sacked some lecturers.”
He said the sacking of the lecturers was duly approved by the governing council of the institution.
The university’s Director of Public Affairs, Dr. Sama’ila Shehu, confirmed the incident but noted that not all those sacked were lecturers. He added that some were demoted from their current position.
He said: “Not all of them are lecturers but they are ABU staff. They cut across. The total of those affected are 16.”
He said the offences include mishandling of records, scripts, sexual harassment and assault.
“There are categories of offences and penalties. Some are termination of appointments, dismissal and demotion,” he added.
The report said 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 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 Political Science department was demoted over loss of students’ scripts, the offence that the university described as “negligence of duty.”
It was also gathered that the job of many lecturers in the univeristy is on the line, as investigation into their involvement in sexual harassment and other offences is still ongoing.