The Federal Government has suspended the embattled Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Olusola Oyewole, who is currently facing a criminal charge in court.
The suspension order was conveyed in a May 8 letter signed by the acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, Hussaini Adamu.
The letter, seen by PREMIUM TIMES, directed Mr. Oyewole to hand over the affairs of the institution to the most senior staff.
“Sequel to your arraignment before an Ogun State High Court on criminal charges, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Monday 24th November 2016, I am directed to convey the Honourable Minister’s approval to place you on suspension from office with immediate effect pending the determination of the court case against you in accordance with extant rules,” the letter reads.
“You are therefore, directed to hand over the affairs of your office to the most senior Deputy Vice Chancellor, in the University.”
The EFCC charged Mr. Oyewole alongside the former pro chancellor of the school, Adeseye Ogunewe, the bursar, Moses Ilesanmi, to court for alleged abuse of office and misappropriation of funds.
They were investigated after whistleblowers tipped off the anti-graft agency and accused the trio of suspicious dealings totaling N800 million.
The case is before Justice O.C Majekodunmi of the state High Court.