Prof. Tajudeen Olumoko, the dean of student affairs, has been dismissed from Lagos State University, Ojo.
This follows the publication of a report by an internet outlet regarding alleged racketeering at the university.
According to the aforementioned report, a certificate racketeering syndicate sold genuine Lagos State University diplomas to interested parties for anywhere between N2 million and N3 million, depending on the complexity of the course in question.
On the condition of anonymity, a highly placed source confirmed to a news outlet that Olumoko has been removed from office and that Dr Abiodun Fatai-Abatan, a senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science, has been appointed as the new acting DSA.
The source said, “Yes the DSA has indeed been removed from office; I’m sure an official statement will be issued to that effect soon”
On Tuesday, the Lagos State House of Assembly summoned the Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Mr Tolani Akibu, the Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, the institution's Senate, and other top staff in connection with allegations of extortion and certificate racketeering levelled against the school.
The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa requested on Tuesday that the institution's concerned authorities be invited so that facts regarding the claim can be discovered for the sake of the school's reputation.
“I agree that the committee should invite those to be invited to establish facts about the allegation, but we must not because of that destroy our institution’s reputation,” Obasa, an alumnus of the institution, said adding that if anyone is found wanting, such a person should be sanctioned.
Moving the motion under 'Matter of Urgent Public Importance,' Hon. Owolabi Ajani informed his colleagues that the House needed to ask the Commissioner, the VC, and others to investigate the allegations.