Dr. Olaniran Balogun, a lecturer at Tai Solarin University of Education in Ijagun, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, has been placed on administrative leave by the school’s administration after being listed as a wanted person by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offenses Commission.
Balogun, the head of the department of religious studies at TASUED, had been declared sought by the ICPC a few days prior for allegedly abusing his position and seeking reward.
Balogun was reportedly fired by TASUED Management and put on interdiction till he exonerates himself of all charges of offenses made against him by the federal anti-graft agency.
Gbenga Omilola, the deputy registrar for media and corporate relations, said this on Sunday.
Omilola claimed that Dr. Kayode Olusanya has been appointed as the new head of the Department of Religious Studies to succeed Balogun with the approval of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Oluwole Banjo.
The statement said that Dr. Balogun had lost his job as the department head for religious studies and was currently being investigated for the alleged infraction.
“Until he disproves the multiple accusations made against him by the ICPC, he has likewise been put on interdiction.
“The university administration would continue to do everything in its ability to safeguard the positive reputation and image the university has cultivated over time.
Therefore, the institution would not support any act of insubordination or corrupt behavior on the part of any of its employees. Dr. Balogun is also encouraged to accept the ICPC’s invitation right away in order to disprove the accusations made against him.
The desired lecturer has previously been the subject of an arrest warrant from the ICPC.
The ICPC claimed in a statement on its website that Balogun had been identified as sought in relation to a possible case of demand for gratification and abuse of office.
Part of the statement said, “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.” It might interest you to read Why Nigerians shouldn’t travel to Northern Cyprus” – NIDCOM
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