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Two days after the deadline, UNIBEN yet to conclude report on ‘aggressive malpractice’ student

Authorities of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Edo State are yet to submit the result of their findings in the alleged case of malpractice against a graduating Microbiology student of the school, Miss Peace Ufuoma Jite-Eda, two days after a self-imposed deadline by the department.

In a terse reply as regards the outcome of the report which was supposed to have been concluded by Tuesday, July 20, one week after the inauguration of a six-man panel on Tuesday, July 13, the Head of Department, Prof. S.E. Omonigho, said that the only competent person to speak on the issue is the institution’s registrar, Dr Benedicta Ehanire.

In a viral video, a dancing and ululating Miss Jite-Eda reportedly wore a t-shirt with the inscription “Aggressive malpractice brought me this far.”

A source at the department in the Faculty of Science, however, disclosed that the report was yet to be out as members of the panel which has Dr (Mrs.) I.B. Idemudia as member/secretary was yet to seat.

Among others, the terms of reference of the committee are to investigate her involvement in any examination malpractice, unravel what actually transpired as regards the online publications, scrutinise all her results to date including all exam scripts etc.

Other terms of references are also to scrutinise all marking schemes for all her courses, the veracity of the inscription on her shirt, determine whether she really engaged in malpractice and provide any other useful information on the controversial matter.

Determined efforts to get the mobile phone number of the student from her colleagues proved abortive but Mrs Ehanire corroborated the departmental source insisting that the report was not yet out.

The spokesperson said: “I can confidently tell you that the report is not out yet. Once it is out, we will make it public. We will not hide the outcome of the report. It will be in the public domain.”

She, however, refused to disclose when the panel will submit the report to the university authorities, assuring that it will be disclosed to the public.

Source: Nigerian Tribune

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