Enugu guber: Group demands sack of UNN lecturer over alleged election malpractices

A non-governmental organisation has called on authorities of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, to terminate the services of Dr. Nnaemeka Ogbene, the Computer Science lecturer allegedly in the middle of the election manipulation scandal in Enugu State.

Oluwakemi Roland, founder and Executive Director of Odara Foundation, said the university authorities must act quicky to preserve the integrity of the academia, as well as protect vulnerable students from a man, who according to her, has no scruples and could also possibly compromise the integrity of university examinations and other academic qualification tests.

Roland who said her organisation is scandalized by what she described as the flagrant abuse of electoral processes during the recently concluded Enugu State Governorship elections, wondered how a university lecturer would allegedly involve in the manipulation of voter numbers with such impunity and still be allowed to return 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.

Roland said her organisation finds 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.”

Continuing, she said: “Election malpractices is what we are dealing with, and any lecturer who involves in it, will have no scruples engaging in examination malpractices in the university

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