Dean of Student Affairs at Lagos State University (LASU) Prof. Tajudeen Olumoko has been removed from his position.
His removal followed a report that exposed a syndicate which issues LASU certificates for the sum of N2 million and N3 million, depending on the technicality of the course involved.
The university said in a statement signed by the coordinator of its Centre for Information and Public Relations Oluwayemisi Thomas-Onashile on Tuesday that the allegations were being investigated.
The statement read, “The attention of Lagos State University Management has been drawn to recent reports regarding alleged ‘Certificate Racketeering’ and a ‘sting operation’ in the university.
“We hereby establish that the management of Lagos State University had promptly brought the original allegations to the attention of general law enforcement authorities including the Office of the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions. These authorities have not yet concluded their investigations. Lagos State University Management does not take such matters lightly.
“Its own inquiries into the allegations will be concluded before the end of 2023. Consistently with applicable law, the outcome of the inquiry will be published and appropriate action will be taken. For emphasis, there has been no ‘cover-up’ and there will be no ‘cover-up.’”
On Wednesday, a source in the university, who pleaded anonymity, told PUNCH that Olumoko had been removed.
“Yes, it is true, Olumoko has been removed and (Abiodun) Fatai-Abatan has taken over as DSA. This happened yesterday (Tuesday),” the source was quoted as saying.
At the Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday, lawmakers said they would invite LASU vice-chancellor Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, commissioner for tertiary education Tolani Akibu among others for questioning over the allegations.