A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Odara Foundation has called for the dismissal of Dr Nnaemeka Ogbene, the Computer Science lecturer at the University of Nigeria, Nssuka (UNN) allegedly involved in election malpractices in Enugu State.
The Founder and Executive Director of the Foundation, Oluwakemi Roland, stated that the university authorities must act fast to protect the institution's integrity as well as protect the students from a man who she claimed could compromise academic examinations and tests.
Roland expressed her organisation's shock at the blatant violation of electoral procedures during the recent Enugu State Governorship election.
She further questioned why a lecturer who manipulated voters' numbers would be permitted to teach students.
“We have followed the developments in the Enugu State Gubernatorial elections, which held on March 18, 2023, with keen interest and feel compelled to speak on the disturbing roles played by university lecturers, because of what we see as their direct roles in the character formation of our children and impressionable young adults,” she said.
She added that her organisation found it “extremely disturbing that a lecturer of Computer Science would be involved in such purported manipulation of figures.
"We have since read, and our investigations have confirmed, that the election results in Nkanu East Local Government Area of the state, was grossly inflated to favour one political party.
“In this Local government area, the Returning Officer, one Dr. Nnaemeka Ogbene, entered a figure of slightly above 32,000 for total votes cast in an election where only 7,435 voters were captured to have legally and lawfully participated in the voting process.”
She further noted that: “Election malpractice is what we are dealing with, and any lecturer who involves in it, will have no scruples engaging in examination malpractices in the university.
“A perpetrator of one must, as a matter of process, graduate from the other.
"This is why we see what happened in Enugu as a red flag, and the university authorities must do all in its power to ensure that our young students are protected from being toxified by lecturers of such bankrupt morals.”
On the university's integrity, Roland said:
“We are aware that the University of Nigeria Nsukka prides itself as an institution whose motto is: To Restore the Dignity of Man,’ but the situation before us where a lecturer with such base morals has not only challenged the dignity of mankind as a whole, but also put the university before the entire world, calls for urgent and decisive action.
“Everyone is watching to see how this great citadel of learning responds to such a crushing moral and integrity challenge.
"It must live up to its name and mantra by weeding out Dr Ogbene and other bad examples like him, who neither have personal integrity nor care about the dignity of mankind that the university espouses.”
The statement condemned Dr Ogbene's conduct as disgraceful and deemed the reasons provided by the Returnig Officer for the discrepancies in the submitted results as unaccptable.
It further reiterated the imprtance of the university lecturer taking every measure to guarantee the security of the voter data he was submitting.