The Rivers State University has dismissed a lecturer, Professor Tamunonimim Ngerebo, for extorting money from students in order to improve their academic marks.
The institution also ordered the immediate withdrawal of the degree certificates of its two graduates on the grounds of wrongful graduation.
A source in RSU told PUNCH that the lecturer was also accused of setting exam questions which would be difficult for any of his students and himself to answer, thereby creating avenues for some students to come for ‘sorting’, a term used to describe extortion from students.
The source explained that the management of the university under the Vice Chancellor, Prof Opuenebo Owei, had since begun the process of sanitising the institution and make it free from extortion, a habit said to be common among Nigerian university dons.
“The management of the university is taking a tough stance now for any corrupt act within the institution. The current VC is saying it is zero tolerance for corruption.
“As we speak, all Heads of Departments are all edgy. Many lecturers are currently facing panel for result alteration and other related offences. The dragnet is wide and all records and exam officers have been changed.
“Remember that there was a time the state governor, through the council, set up a committee to look at the complaints of racketeering and other offences. After that, we learnt that the university management is taking the matter head-on. Anybody that is found culpable is out.”
However, a document from the RSU management, confirmed the dismissal of Prof Ngerebo and the withdrawal of degree certificates of Wudat, Nasiru Kabiri (DE.2011/PT/0291) and Eppelle, Daniel Chamberlain (DE.2011/PT/03011).