Monday, 24 February 2014
Remove Erastus Akingbola from Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo Anti-Corruption Students Appeal to Governor Mimiko
Campus Anti-Corruption Crusade (CACC), a group comprising of students and indigenes of Ondo State, has appealed to State Governor Olusegun Mimiko to remove Erastus Akingbola, the disgraced former Managing Director of Intercontinental Bank, as the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of Adekunle Ajasin University (AAUA) in the State.
The appeal follows the decision of the National Judicial Council (NJC) to sanction Justice Charles Archibong for his controversial ruling which favoured Akingbola, the students said, adding they have concluded that the NJC is siding with the public, and that it is time for the governor to also do so.
“We remind the governor that a London court has found Erastus Akingbola guilty of stealing and diverting about N164 billion (or £654 million) of depositors’ funds to buy properties in the United Kingdom and for buying shares for himself in order to manipulate its share price in the stock market,” the students said in a petition signed on their behalf by Olawale Akindahunsi, Acting CAAC Chairman; Gabriel Oladapo Olusi, Acting Vice Chairman; and Solape Adewumi, Acting Gen. Secretary.
They reminded Governor Mimiko that AAUA is named after late Papa Michael Adekunle Ajasin, a previous Ondo governor whom they described as a clean and untainted public figure during his life-time, and expressed the hope that nothing will be done to tarnish that good name or associate it with rouges after his death.
“We are not saying that Dr. Akingbola is guilty in Nigeria and we are not saying he is not guilty,” CACC said. “What we are saying is that there are questions over his character and that there is a pending indictment that he needs to discharge.
“We agree that his deputy, Barr. Dan Nwanyanwu, has been acting like the Pro-Chancellor but this is not the same as removing the de facto pro-chancellor in all official correspondences and this should include the websites of the university. Even the new website hosted by our Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olufemi Mimiko continues to parade this person of questionable character as the pro-chancellor of our school (e.g., http://www.adekunleajasinuniversity.edu.ng/vc/gov_council.php). A university is not just a place to qualify for certificates but a place to qualify in terms of education and character.”
They appealed to Governor Mimiko to act on the matter immediately and officially end the tenure of Akingbola as the pro-chancellor and instruct that all references to his name as the pro-chancellor be removed in all official correspondences as well as on their school websites.
“If in future he is able to discharge his indictment, then the governor can re-appoint him,” they said.