By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The leadership of Ibadan Zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Wednesday, disowned Dr. Usman Adebimpe Raheem of the University of Ilorin as Chairman of the zone’s ASUU.
Ibadan Zone ASUU comprising of the University of Ilorin, University of Ibadan, Osun State University, and Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomoso in a statement by the Zonal Chairman, Dr Ade Adejumo and Chairman of the University of Ibadan Chapter of the Union, Dr Deji Omole entitled “Re: Unilorin ASUU Chair Faces Plagiarism Crisis: A Disclaimer” declared that ‘”for the avoidance of doubt, Dr Raheem is not known to ASUU and he is not the Chairman of ASUU Unilorin Branch’.
According to Ibadan ASUU, the recognised ASUU chairperson for the University of Ilorin ” remains Dr Kayode Afolayan illegally sacked by the university of Ilorin administration.”
Ibadan ASUU while reacting to a publication in The Nation newspaper of 25th September reported that “alleged that Dr Usman Adebimpe Raheem, “is an impostor and leader of a renegade group backed by the management of UNILORIN that calls itself ASUU”.
“The chairperson of UNILORIN branch of the Union is Dr Kayode Niyi Afolayan whose “illegal termination of appointment and that of the branch Secretary, Dr Solomon Oyelekan, by former VC Professor Abdulganiyu Ambali is being contested in court”
Ibadan zone ASUU added, “as a Union of intellectuals, ASUU does not condone unethical practices and acts of fraud among its members. The union hopes that all the authorities directly concerned and mentioned in the story especially the University of Ilorin and University of Ibadan where Dr Raheem obtained his PhD that has, alleged plagiarised materials, will act immediately on this matter in order to restore sanity to ethical practices and standards in the academia being eroded by this alleged shameful conduct of Dr U.A Raheem”.