Saturday, 21 May 2016

BREAKING NEWS:---Buhari's anti-corruption adviser enmeshed in UNIJOS scandal

Buhari's anti-corruption
adviser enmeshed in UNIJOS

– President Muhammadu Buhari
is known for his commitment to
fighting corruption
– The president had since set up
a presidential advisory committee
against corruption
– One of the committee members
is battling to save her face in a
scandal that might cost her job
A report by Premium Times has detailed how a
member of the President Buhari’s Presidential
Advisory Committee against Corruption, Benedicta
Daudu has gotten herself into a mess.

Daily Trust
Daudu, an associate professor of law and head of
the department of Jurisprudence and International
Law of the Faculty of Law in the University of
Nigeria, Jos (UNIJOS), Plateau state
was allegedly caught cheating while writing an
examination for a master’s degree in research and
public policy in the Faculty of Social Sciences of
the same university.
Daudu is said to already hold a master’s degree in
law, but had been working towards obtaining another
masters degree in research and public policy.
She was accused of sneaking in prepared answers,
during the examination for the global context in
public policy course. The matter was subsequently
reported to the university’s examination committee but
some students and faculty allege there were attempts
at cover ups by the university authorities.
Reacting to the issue, the Dean, Faculty of
Social Science of the University, Professor
Ezekiel Best, said it was not true that authorities
were trying to cover up the matter.
He said: “I was not even around when
the incident happened, so I don’t
have all the details at this time. But
there is nothing like that that we are
doing nothing about it.”
Meanwhile, the coordinator of the research and
public policy programme, Professor Bonaventure
Haruna, said he reported the matter to Professor
“I report to the Dean, I don’t report to
any other person. So call the Dean of
Social Science and ask him. He takes
the next action,” he said.
When contacted, Daudu, hung up the phone after
questions on the incident was posed to her
repeatedly. She refused to pick subsequent calls
and ignored a text message sent to her.
On his part, the public relations officer of the
university, Abdullahi Abdullahi, said the matter
had not been officially brought to the attention of the
school’s management.

“I tried to confirm whether there was
anything like that, really I couldn’t get
any confirmation. It has not been
brought to the attention of
management. So right now I wouldn’t
“Although the university has internal
processes that deals with these
issues, even if there was anything
like that, which I doubt much, it
would have to go through the normal
internal processes from the
department to the faculty and then to
the exam misconduct committee. It
is at that stage it would be brought
to the appropriate authority for
sanction,” Abdullahi said.
The executive secretary of the presidential advisory
committee, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye said he
would inform members of the committee of the
development immediately.
The committee is headed by prominent law professor
and civil rights campaigner, Itse Sagay, and made
up of mainly university professors.
The mandate of the committee includes advising the
president on the implementation of required reforms in
Nigeria’s anti-corruption campaign and criminal
justice system.
In another development, the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has
given reasons for the continued detention of Chief
Femi Fani-Kayode.
The EFCC says they have a valid remand
warrant which they are enforcing. Fani-Kayode
has been in the EFCC custody since Monday,
May 9, 2016.