Anselm Igbafe, the Head of the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Benin, was a few weeks ago suspended by the university for illegally assisting some female students graduate with grades beyond their performances.
The students reportedly approached Igbafe with a request to help shore up their grades. Igbafe was said to have told them that what they wanted him to do was difficult, but he would do what he could if they gave him one week to see how best he could do it. Igbafe got back to them with a promise to assist–if they would pay certain amounts of money. The students agreed and paid.
However, one of the students was alleged to be having an affair with Igbafe. When the results were released, Igbafe’s girlfriend was shown to have graduated with a Second Class Upper Division degree in Chemical Engineering. Her result aroused suspicions, given that she was not known as a particularly bright student.
A lecturer who knew the girl was said to have asked what grade she made. When the girl told him that she graduated with a Second Class Upper, he informed other lecturers in the department.
One of the lecturers, who suspected foul play, wrote a petition to the Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Professor R.O. Ebewele. In the petition, he claimed that some of the female students, who still had carry-overs, mysteriously graduated with 2;1 degrees.
The Dean set up a committee to investigate the matter. The committee discovered that 10 students had benefited from Igbafe’s largesse in doctoring their results.
The students involved appeared before the committee and their testimonies indicted Igbafe, who was discovered to have altered results dating back to their first year.
Consequently, the University Senate, decided to suspend Igbafe.
This is an evidence of a failed society where short cut is the order of the day , where merit is sacrifice on the alter of selfishness , greed and stupidity. how do we move a head like this as a nation when every body want to go to heaven , but nobody wants to die.