The Periscope reporter
It was not because they were found to be among those who bribed their ways to be employed, especially, during the Bindow led government. The Adamawa State Polytechnic Yola SPY lecturers were found to have been fraudulently involved in the alteration of students’ reults that were submitted to them for compilation.
Having been found guilty of their offences as charged, the management of SPY was left with no option than to approve the recommendation of the committee constituted to investigate the academic crime.
The recommendation was that the fraudulent lecturers should be disengaged from service with the institution. The punishment should serve as deterrent to those who would want to take after the criminals.
In a press statement issued on Thursday by the Information and Public Relations Officer of the institution, Mr. Albert Matilah, the criminal lecturers who altered over 800 results and awarded fake marks to students were Abubakar Babale, Paul Wache, Usman Hammarwabi and Isa Ribadu.
The statement revealed that Abubakar Babale, who was the Head of Department, Mass Communication of the institution, tempered with 727 candidates’ results in 21 courses. He also awarded marks to some students who did not sit for examination.
Paul Wache of Geography Department altered 83 results in 12 courses, which he claimed to be as a result of human error. He could not however defend whether or not it was human error, whether or not he was induced; seduced or hypnotised to have warded marks to students who did not sit for an examination, which was testified by the course lecturer.
“Usman Hammarwabi was involved in forgery, numerous alterations, allocation of fake results and other unprofessional acts.
“Isa Ribadu’s case was numerous alteration of results and allocation of fake marks.
“It is evidently clear that the lecturers were given the opportunity to defend themselves and pleaded guilty to the offences,” the statement read.
The Periscope tried to get the side of the story of the four dismissed lecturers accused of fraud, they were however not to get to be reached as at press time.
Some SPY students the Periscope interviewed, lamented that the news was not strange to them because it has been happening since.
“Female students used to be assaulted before they are allowed to pass examination; they are only afraid to disclose it.
“The lazy ones among the female folks used to submit themselves to lecturers without attitudes to be passed and with good grades.
“The lazy male students are charged money not only not to fail but to be awarded good grades. Here also, some of the lazy ladies who would not surrender themselves for the sex for grade would have to offer money for grades,” the students said.
One of the lecturers in the institution said, the sacking of the four fraudulent lecturers was an opened opportunity for them to gain employment in other institutions of learning.
“Nigeria is one country where nothing seems to be taken seriously; you disengaged a fraudulent worker today, he’s engaged in if not a better place elsewhere tomorrow.
“It’ll interest you to know that we don’t have register that records list of lecturers who are dismissed for one academic fraud or another crime, in this country. It’s unfortunate,” the lecturer lamented.