UNICAL Bursar Suspended Over Alleged Fraud, Forgery

UNICAL Bursar Suspended Over Alleged Fraud, Forgery
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  •  Zeenat Zeenat

    The University of Calabar authority on Monday suspended
    the bursar, Mr. Peter Agi, over allegations of fraud,
    forgery and threat to life.
    It would be recalled that academic and administrative
    activities in UNICAL were interrupted for a few hours
    last week, following a protest by different groups comprising
    students and workers in support of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof.
    Zana Akpagu, on the one hand and the bursar, on the other.
    Following the development, an inquiry was immediately set
    up by the management of the institution to look into issues
    that led to the protest.
    In a letter of suspension signed by the Registrar, Mr. Moses
    Abang, the management of the institution alleged that the
    bursar had been found guilty of impersonating the vice-
    chancellor on the e-payment platform of the Central Bank of
    Nigeria, among others.
    But, in a swift reaction, Agi said he was not aware of his
    suspension, adding that he was currently on sick leave with
    the knowledge of the management of the institution.
    However, the letter of suspension read in part, “In an
    emergency meeting held today, August 22, 2016, the
    management considered recent developments on campus,
    especially your arrest by the Nigeria Police vide letter no.
    AB:3621/CRS/DFA/VOL.T/123 of August 17, 2016, on
    allegations of fraud, forgery and threat to life. It has become
    imperative that you step aside as Bursar and clear yourself of
    these allegations.
    “Furthermore, management observed that you have been
    impersonating the vice-chancellor on the CBN e-payment
    platform by making final approvals and payments, a duty that
    is the responsibility of the vice-chancellor, who is the Chief
    Accounting Officer of the university.
    “Again, you absented yourself from office without requesting
    any of your deputies to act for you, thus creating a vacuum in
    the administration of the Bursary.
    “You deliberately refused to purchase an official car for the
    deputy vice-chancellor (administration) eight months after he
    was appointed into office. You have ignored several council
    and management directives on this.
    “You bluntly refused to pay TETFUND contractors who have
    successfully executed jobs and rendered services to the
    university, even when such contractors have been cleared for
    payments. The consequence of this is that while other
    universities are already making progress and accessing the
    2015 allocation, the University of Calabar cannot exhaust the
    2013 allocation to qualify for the next tranche.”
    The letter noted that the actions of the suspended bursar
    clearly manifested an orchestrated and a deliberate design to
    bring the institution to ridicule.
    The letter therefore directed Agi to hand over immediately to
    Mrs. Atim Mensah, who is the most senior deputy bursar,
    while Mr. Joseph Odum should take over the previous duties
    covered by Mensah.
    But Agi said, “I am not aware of any suspension. I have not
    been queried. I am aware of the guideline and rules on
    procedures in the appointment, suspension or otherwise of
    any principal officer of the university. I am currently on sick
    break and I wrote a letter to that effect copying all principal
    officers. So, for anybody to announce my suspension without
    the set rules amounts to nothing. I am still the bursar.”

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