The Management of Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, has suspended a lecturer, Dr. Olaniran Balogun, who was declared wanted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
Balogun, the Head of Department of Religious Studies at the institution, was declared wanted by the anti-graft agency for allegedly abusing his office and demanding gratification.
The Deputy Registrar, Media and Corporate Relations, Gbenga Omilola, in a statement on Sunday, August 28, said the university management had relieved Balogun of his position and had placed him on interdiction until he cleared himself of all allegations of misdemeanors brought against him by the federal anti-graft agency.
Omilola said the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Oluwole Banjo, has approved the appointment of Dr Kayode Olusanya, as the new Head, Department of Religious Studies, to replace Balogun.
“Dr Balogun is currently under investigation for the alleged misdemeanor and has since been relieved of his position as the Head of Department, Religious Studies,” the statement read.
“He has also been placed on interdiction until he clears himself of the various allegations levelled against him by the ICPC
“The university management would continue to do all within its powers to protect the good name and image the university has built for itself over the years
“The university would therefore not condone any act of indiscipline and corrupt practice by any of its staff member. Dr Balogun is further advised to immediately honour the invitation of the ICPC to clear himself of the allegations against him.”
ICPC had in a statement last Thursday, August 25, issued a warrant of arrest on the wanted lecturer in connection with a suspected case of demand for gratification and abuse of office.
“He has refused to honour several invitations extended to him through the authorities of Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State. Accordingly, a warrant of arrest has been issued for his immediate arrest. He is advised to report himself to any of the ICPC state offices in either Lagos, Ibadan or the nearest police station.” the statement read.