Authorities of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ogun State have dismissed from service, a Driver/Mechanic in the Bureau of Transportation, Mr. Abiodun Abolade, who was recently accused of being in possession of items suspected to be contraband substances, along Imeko-Afon/Olorunda area of the Idiroko border, Ogun State.
The letter of dismissal, referenced FUNAAB/R/JP.1804/1/43 and signed by the Acting Registrar of the university, Dr. Linda Onwuka, reads in part: “I write to inform you that your services, as a Driver/Mechanic II in the Bureau of Transportation are no longer required by the university and consequently, you are hereby dismissed from the services of the university with immediate effect."
The decision according to the statement by Head, Directorate of Public Relations, Mrs. Emi' Alawode was taken in adherence to extant regulations, the rules of engagement of the said officer in the university, as well as avail the accused person the required time and attention, to respond to the allegations leveled against him by law enforcement agents.
"As a responsible and law-abiding organization, the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ogun State, is committed to upholding all statutory enactments guiding its establishment, subsisting legislation in Ogun State and the nation in general.
"This uncompromising and non-negotiable stance had always and severally been hammered to bonafide members of staff and students of the university."
She said already, the university has put the necessary machinery in place, to carry out proper investigations, to ascertain what actually transpired on the said date on one hand, while law enforcement agents, on the other hand, would be allowed and supported to perform their statutory duties in the overall interest of all citizens.
"Meanwhile, the attention of the university management has been drawn to the false information being disseminated that, following the event that transpired between the dismissed staff and law enforcement agents, students of the university had been asked to pay certain amount of money, as reparation fees, and to present letters of undertaking, to be of good behavior.
This piece of information according to her is untrue, embarrassing, misleading, mischievous and should be disregarded.
The university is currently on its first semester break for the 2017/2018 academic session, following the end of examinations on August 1, 2017; hence, academic activities are on recess, while normal administrative services are fully ongoing.