VANTAGE NEWS reports that controversy surrounds the expulsion of Oparaeke Akwaugo, a graduate of Sociology and Anthropology by the senate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), two years after she was caught engaging in examination malpractice.
Our Correspondent who obtained a copy of the expulsion letter opened an investigation into the matter and made some discoveries.
It was learnt that the incident occurred back in the first semester of 2017/2018 session when Akwaugo was in her second year.
Having admitted to have entered the hall to write the examination, GSP 105 for a paltry sum before the panel set up to investigate the matter, Akwaugo did not hear the final decision of the panel till Friday, July 16 2021.
By then she had completed her 4-year study in the institution and had gone on to celebrate with other students in the usual manner of appearing on white and having others sign on them.
Akwaugo told the panel that she agreed to engage in the malpractice because she needed financial support in school and pleaded for justice to be tampered with mercy.
She told our correspondent that she reached out to Akubue Ubasinachi, a 2019 graduate of the same department for financial assistance but Ubasinachi offered to help her with the money on the condition that she impersonates one of his multiple clients from the department of Political Science.
The candidate she impersonated had graduated from the university and reportedly serving before this hammer fell on Akwaugo, VANTAGE NEWS reports.
VANTAGE NEWS learnt that Ubasinachi who was notorious for impersonation during his schooling days, failed to appear before the panel or offer any form of assistance to the sinking Akwaugo who couldn’t control her tears while talking to our correspondent.
Aside not showing up before the panel or security unit where Akwaugo was taken after she was caught and abandoning her to her fate, Ubasinachi went on to demand for money from Akwaugo to have the case thrown out.
Ubasinachi boasted that he has the connection within the senate to ensure that the case was thrown out.
On hearing about her expulsion, Ubasinachi didn’t sympathize with her but rather boasted that he could still have the case thrown out if she could pay the money previously demanded to have the case thrown out.
Nothing was heard from the panel till the expulsion letter was sent to Akwaugo through her department.
Some of her classmates and lecturers that spoke to VANTAGE NEWS on the condition of anonymity expressed shock over the incidence as Akwaugo was said to be a bright student who never cheated in any exam they were part of.
It remains to be seen why it took the panel two years to deliver verdict on the matter, allowing the student to continue paying fees and other sundry dues during the whole time.
VANTAGE NEWS wonders why Ubasinachi was never interrogated despite glaring evidence of his involvement in the matter.
Efforts made to reach Ubasinachi prove abortive.
See a copy of the expulsion letter below: