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DSS arrests 6 UI staff over alleged involvement in examination malpractices

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Men from the Department of State Service (DSS) have arrested at least six employees of the Distance Education Center of the University of Ibadan for their alleged participation in corrupt exam practices.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that the six employees were arrested at the request of the vice chancellor of the university, Professor Idowu Olayinka.

It was concluded that they were arrested due to their alleged complicity in smuggling scripts for students who write exams, fabrication of TCC results and forgery of authorizations primarily for students.

It was deduced that those collected by the security agency were senior officials of the Distance Education Center who could not be left out in the examination process.

A source within the Distance Education Center gave the name of those who were arrested to include; Edward Eborgu (Head of the UI DLC Software Unit), Kehinde Ajao (Student Support Chief), Shola Akintunde (Executive Officer and Media Representative), Ademola Okunola (IT staff), a Lanre (IT staff) and a certain David in the Director’s office.

He said the vice chancellor was upset about the development and approved thorough investigations on the matter.

He added that the staff was arrested last Thursday.

It was collected that the information that led to the arrest of the six staff members came from students who had been arrested during the ongoing exams and a protest by the students for the illegal complaints of some non-teaching staff members.

Our correspondent, who visited the center on Monday, deduced that some center staff members stayed away from the DLC center located throughout Sasha since the six staff members were arrested.

Some staff members and students met on Monday that investigations are still ongoing to get more people connected to organized crime.

However, the Director of Communication of the university, Mr. Tunji Oladejo, when he was contacted, said none of that happened.

Oladejo, in a telephone conversation with our correspondent, added that he contacted the Director of the DLC, Professor Soji Aremu, who said that such a thing never happened.

He said: “I contacted the Director of DLC, Professor Aremu, who said such a thing never happened. There is nothing like that. It never happened. I just spoke with the director and he said that it is not true.

“I tell you that, according to what the Director said, none of that happened.”

But, a source from the DSS office located in the Alalubosa area, Aleshiloye Ibadan, told DAILY POST that the six employees were arrested.

“If it’s true. They were arrested. They were arrested and they’re still there. But, they’re releasing them now. Some people came to rescue them, but they’re still in the DSS office, since I’m talking to you now.”