A dean in the University of Calabar has been arraigned before the Cross River State High Court for cornering university contracts worth N20.6 million.
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) charged Prof. Francisca Ime Bassey on 10 counts, according to a statement released on Wednesday, August 18, 2021.
The accused was caught by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
The Dean and Director of the Pre-Degree Programme of the university was accused of holding private interests in multiple contracts awarded by the school to four companies directly owned by her.
The companies listed as beneficiaries of the fraud between 2013 and 2017 are Bakuf Ventures, Rivet Investment Nigeria Ltd, Joebas Enterprises, and Arumo Nigeria Ltd.
The ICPC said her action was in violation of Section 12 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges, and was granted bail in the sum of N5million with one surety.
Justice Elias. O. Abua adjourned trial to October 11 and 12.
Recall that the University of Calabar Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), had asked the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu to reverse the reappointment of John Ngukpen into the 13th governing council of the University.
Ngukpen, who has always cut a divisive figure in the University was an external member in the 12th governing council. He was recently reappointed as the only member of the last council to be part of the 13th council.
His reappointment has, however, stirred controversy in the University with the latest coming from ASUU who had accused him of using his influence in the last council to solicit for and execute contracts which is against the extant laws.
“The attention of the Academic Staff of Universities, University of Calabar branch has been drawn to the reported reappointment of Mr John Ngukpen to serve in the 13th Governing Council of the University of Calabar. We wish to bring your notice, Honourable Minister Sir, that Mr John Ngukpen served in the 12th Governing Council of the University of Calabar as an external member. In the spirit of the Universities (miscellaneous provisions) (Amendment) Act, 2003, a reappointment of an external member is not contemplated.”