By Joe Oladele, Ibadan
Embattled lecturer at the of Ilorin, Dr. Usman Adejumo Raheem currently facing plagiarism allegation has been denied by the Ibadan zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as its member.
Describing the lecturer as having involved in intellectual fraud, the union in a statement jointly signed in Ibadan 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” said that “for the avoidance of doubt, Dr. Raheem is not known to ASUU and he is not the Chairman of ASUU Unilorin Branch’’.
The clarification by the union followed a newspaper publication on 25th September which reported that a certain UNILORIN ASUU chairman, Dr. Usman Adebimpe Raheem, is facing intellectual fraud and plagiarism case.
In the disclaimer statement, the union maintained that its chairperson for the University of Ilorin remains Dr. Kayode Afolayan, who was said to have been illegally sacked by the University of Ilorin administration.
Under the Ibadan zone of the union are the Universities of Ilorin, Ibadan, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso and Osun State University.
In the statement, the union said, “Dr. Raheem is an impostor and leader of a renegade group backed by the management of UNILORIN that calls itself ASUU”, adding, “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 the former Vice-Chancellor, (VC) Prof.Abdulganiyu Ambali is being contested in court”
Ibadan zone ASUU further remarked that “as a Union of intellectuals, ASUU does not condone unethical practices and acts of fraud among its members and 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 Ph.D 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”,