By Tayo Joseph Lagos, Nigeria.
Wale Adeyemi- Suenu, Head of Department of History and International Studies and Secretary of Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, LASU, chapter is facing a panel over illegal alteration of students results, amid tight security.
Scroll Report learnt that operatives from Directorate of State Security were at the university gate to check motorists and pedestrains entering the campus. The reason is that the panel set up to investigate the allegation of illegal alteration is sitting today. The security is to forestall any form violence from either ASUU or students while the panel is sitting.
The panel was set up by the university authority to investigate the allegation that Suenu illegally altered students results at the end of second semester of last year.
A letter was given to Adewale-Suenu last month to appear before the panel within a very short notice. A member of ASUU told Scroll Report that each time the panel sat, there was heavy presence of security and the proceedings are recorded.
He wondered why Adewale-Suenu case “is like this because a similar allegation was levelled against Adebola Ademeso, also a lecturer and a panel was set up to investigate him since last year up till now nothing has happened. In Ademeso’s case there were no security presence and there were no video recording. This must be an attempt to bring down ASUU.”He said
Scroll Report learnt that Ademeso allegedly altered a student’s results before it was uploaded. But in Adewale-Suenu case it is alleged that he illegally altered the students result after it was uploaded.
When lectures upload students results, and there are issues the students can complain to the Head of Department, HOD, if the complaints are true and genuine. For two days the HOD has the power to make alterations through what is called HOD’s window.
If there are further complaints the issue will be taken to the Dean of Faculty where he too can use the Dean’s window to effect corrections.
Scroll Report learnt that some lecturers use this opportunity to make illegal alterations.In the case of Adeyemi-Suenu, it is alleged that he made the illegal alteration on the result of student that did not complain officially.
The Data Processing Unit was said to have detected the alteration because it was Adeyemi-Suenu’s password that was allegedly used to make the illegal alteration.
All efforts made to talk to Adeyemi-Suenu and Ademeso proved abortive…
(To be continued)