By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
A sacked lecturer in the employ of the University of Ibadan, Dr. Adenike Ogunshe, has petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari, indicting the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, over threat to her life and victimization over what she described as morbid and mortal cruelties displayed against her by the minister.
Ogunshe, in a 20-page letter written to the minister, which a copy was made available to journalists on Thursday, titled: “Open Letter to You, On Your Protracted Life-Threatening Victimisation, Discrimination, Oppression, Violation of my Fundamental Human Rights and Defamation Against,” noted that the minister who was the immediate-past Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan was in 2009/2010 a member of the 3-man University of Ibadan Governing Council Committee that alleged her of plagiarism and other sundry matters in the Department of Botany and Microbiology of the institution, turned down her appearance before the committee which apparently resulted to her unlawful termination of duty.
The letter read: “In doing everything to entrench plagiarism in the academic system that you are to protect its chastity, the staff involved in the case of plagiarism, were later, under your administration as the Vice-Chancellor (VC), given a behind the scenes punishment of two years delay of promotion. You used everything at your disposal as VC, to scheme for my destruction and that of my career!”
”I had always been subjected to punitive actions for my moral and principled stands against ethical violations of existing regulations on academic and administrative issues in the department. But my most-sordid ordeals commenced in 2006, due to my support of the existing university regulations, against the controversial appointment of a Senior Lecturer as Ag. Head of Department (HoD), instead of a Professor (who had no case or allegation against him, as the substantive HoD”.
Dr. Ogunshe pointed out that the appointment of the Head of Department was based on seniority, as even supported by at least, two documents of the institution that existed, the University of Ibadan Vision Document for the 21st century (pages 122-124 and 133-134) and the University of Ibadan Staff Information Handbook (pages 15-16 and 21).
“Based on the afore-mentioned, I therefore, stood my grounds in support of scholarship, instead of mediocritise cheap politics in the academia. So, ever since then, I had been subjected to series of protracted segregation, oppression, and victimisation.”
“It took the personal efforts of some lecturers, most especially. Prof. Augusta P. Omamor, to bluntly express the insecurity implications of the threats on my life, after which the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof. A. Ogunkunle, mandated the Chairman, Council Committee on Security, Prof. B. Fagbemi to formally address and take necessary action on the issue of threats’ to my life.”
“After brief interrogation by Prof. Fagbemi, in the presence of the Ag. Chief Security Officer (CSO), Mr. Akinmoladun, my case was referred to the Nigeria Police at Sango Police Station, Sango, Ibadan, the DPO being Police Officer Kashmir. When in 2006, I was conveyed by the university Security Unit in the Security official vehicle to the Police Station at Sango, Ibadan, for a formal report on the threats to my life, the enveloped, blood-written threat letter was taken from me at the Sango Police Station, as evidence.”
“As the Departmental Examination Coordinator for the shortest period of time in the department, I ensured that, as many results of the students that I knew had been intentionally prevented from graduating were presented to the Faculty Board of Examiners, and ultimately, Senate, for considerations and approvals, under Dr. A.C. Odebode as Ag. HoD. So, as soon as Dr. Onilude took over from Dr. Odebode, as the controversially appointed Ag. HoD, I was relieved of all departmental responsibilities, including the Departmental Examination Coordination. Unfortunately, some students that I could not clear, as far back as 2005/2006 academic session, still did not have their results formally presented to the Faculty Board of Examiners and Senate, for considerations and approval, even till date! Prof. Adewole Sir, this information was equally in the memorandum I submitted to your Council Committee on alleged plagiarism and all other sundry matters.”
“In order to frame me up, students’ examination results were destroyed to implicate me, since I was the then Departmental Examination Coordinator. I was then written by Dr. Onilude, as the officer in charge, to hand over or explain the where-about of the originals of the entire results. But, after replying Dr. Onilude’s memo, it was exposed that I was not in possession of the departmental results, since the Coordinator that I was to take over from, Dr. A.M. Salaam, did not hand over any of the originals of the entire departmental results to me. I even had to copy from Dr. Salaam, the results, which I needed for compiling the final year students’ results, for the Faculty Board of Examiners and Senate’s considerations and approval. The allegation was then silently dropped, and the issue of missing results had been comatose, till date!”
She disclosed that was reported by Dr. Onilude to the VC as, refusing to mark students’ examination scripts, which they said, would affect all the concerned students, including those from other departments, adding that under the guise of unmarked students’ scripts, Dr. Onilude then made a skewed request for another lecturer to mark the only supposed script of a former student, who only came for her transcript.
Ogunshe further added in the letter: “Prof. Adewole sir, this additional vital information, which should have been of serious concern to you and your committee, as also contained in the memorandum, which I submitted to your Council Committee on alleged plagiarism and all other sundry matters was simply referred to as, not being under your committee’s terms of reference.”
“Prof. Adewole Sir, in spite of some of the afore-mentioned ethical violations, you personally, as the VC, falsely accused me of not teaching; having even, known that for some sessions, I was un-procedurally disallowed from teaching, both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. This was in addition to being prevented from various departmental responsibilities and other academic assignments, as documented in official records, and also financially indicated. The few times that I was assigned courses to teach, the topics that I was to teach would only be made available to me, extremely quite late; sometimes, few weeks to the commencement of examinations, in order to create a disrepute for me among my students.”
“Sir, without any fear of any form of contradiction, you further ensured that, in order for such sordid information to kept forever hidden, you enacted an unprecedented decree that, official records must no more be published in print forms. Ever since then, all the official university records, in form of University Bulletins, and the hard copies of minutes of Senate and Congregation meetings, etc., as well as, Senate and Congregation Papers, which had been synonymous with the tradition of the university was erased by you, simply to cover academic impunities!”
“Prof. Adewole Sir, due to your un-procedural and vindictive actions, my 2008 Senior Lecturership promotion was deliberately not approved until December 2013, which made me to lose several academic fellowships, scholarships and professional opportunities!”
Miffed by the sad development, Dr. Ogunshe,however, instituted a legal action against the University of Ibadan at the National Industrial Court, Ring Road, Ibadan, which is currently under the trial Judge, Hon. Justice J.D Peters.
While Barr. Femi Aborisade stands as the defense counsel for the claimant (Dr. Ogunshe), Barr. S.A Ajayi stands as the counsel for the defendant, the University of Ibadan. However, the case has been adjourned to January 15 for further hearing.