Ben Dunno, Warri
The management of Nigeria Maritime University (NMU) Okerenkoko, in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State, has denied allegations of fraud levelled against former Vice-Chancellor Prof (Mrs) Maureen Orubide Etebu, describing the report as false and baseless.
NMU Registrar Dr Alfred Mulade, who made the clarification in a press statement made available to newsmen in Warri, noted that the fraud allegation against the former Vice-Chancellor was the handiwork of fifth columnists and perceived enemies of the institution.
He explained that the university management had probed the allegations raised and come to the conclusion that it would be difficult to perpetrate such fraud as the institution was guided by extant financial regulations and standards since inception.
According to him:
‘The attention of the Management of Nigeria Maritime University has been drawn to spurious allegations of theft by Vice-Chancellor of the University of the sum of N3.4b take-off fund and another sum of N100 million grant donated by Delta state government allegedly transferred into the Vice Chancellor’s personal UBA Account.
‘We wish to state from the outset that, the allegation is false, misleading, embarrassing and vexatious.
It is calculated at defaming the character of the Vice-Chancellor and the reputation of the institution”.
‘To put the records straight, and for the benefit of the general public, Management state herewith, that Nigeria Maritime University is a public institution guided by extant financial regulations and standards, and whose records are accessible to deserving members of the public and subject to scrutiny to the extent allowed by law”.
‘Any serious-minded and dispassionate person who wishes to know how the funding of the University is done would have no difficulty in arriving at the true state of financial affairs of the University”.
‘The University, therefore, distances itself from this falsehood and urged those perpetrating the falsehood to retract the report and retrace their steps from the mischievous intent to bring the reputation of the institution to disrepute”.
‘The University has concluded plans to press legal charges against anyone found wanting in the ongoing campaign of falsehood against the institution and its staff both former and still in active service.