About 19 post-graduate students who had paid N50,000 to officials of the Department of Economics, Taraba State University, illegally demanded for the entertainment of external examiners for theses presentation, have been refunded after FIJ’s story.
The money was extroted from the students via the connivance of lecturers with the former class representatives, Hosea Rimmande and Grace Akor. FIJ gathered that over N950,000 of illegally collected funds were returned to students.
“Some 19 students had their money refunded to them by Grace with a deduction of N50 for bank charges. All of them that paid the N50,000 have been refunded as confirmed by them. Grace has also refunded the N5,000 she collected from some students. Then she exited the class’s WhatsApp group,” students said.
This comes following FIJ’s report that the class representatives supervised the collection of the illegal fee with no accountability, while external theses presentation was delayed by the department’s officials to compel students to pay.
No less than N2,750,000 would be illegally made if 55 post-graduate students paid N50,000 each.
Professor Nathaniel Eriemo was removed as the Head of Department and Hosea Rimmande was forced to resign as the class representative. Investigation has also been launched into allegations of results manipulation by officials of the department.
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