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Elujoba Trial: OAU ASUU Suspends Academic Activities For Two Days

By Adejumo Kabir

The Academic Staff Union of University (ASSU), Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) has directed its members to suspend academic activities in the university on Monday and Tuesday to protest the arraignment and detention of the former University Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Anthony Elujoba by the Economics and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).

OAU ASUU after an emergency congress decided to withdraw services in solidarity with the former vice chancellor who will appear before a Federal High Court Sitting in Ede, Osun State tomorrow.

The former vice-chancellor and the university’s bursar, Josephine Akeredolu, who both appeared in court in handcuffs last week are facing a seven-count charge of diversion of funds and abuse of office.

Elujobi and Akeredolu have denied any wrongdoing.

They appeared before the court presided by Justice David Oladimeji on charges bordering on an intent to steal money belonging to the university and conspiracy to defraud. among other offences.

The counsel to the defendants, Ibrahim Lawal, in an application for bail, prayed the court to remand his clients in EFCC custody pending the determination of the application.

But the EFCC counsel, Festus Ojo, asked instead that they be remanded at the Ilesha Prisons.

In his ruling, Justice Oladimeji ordered that the defendants be remanded in EFCC custody pending the hearing of the application on Tuesday, July 11.

Workers of the university, including the current Vice-Chancellor, Ogunbodede Eyitope, were in court to show support to their embattled colleagues.

They displayed various placards demanding that the EFCC should bring out the ‘real looters’ and release Mr. Elujoba.

The university had declared Friday lecture free to enable the workers show their support for the accused.

Mr. Elujoba is popular among staff and students of the university who believe he worked hard to maintain peace in the university in his short stint as vice chancellor.

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