Benedicta Dauda, a member of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, has been accused of cheating in an examination at the University of Jos (UNIJOS), on May 4, 2016.
Premium Times gathered authoritatively that Mrs Daudu, an associate professor of law and head of the Department of Jurisprudence and International Law of the Faculty of Law in UNIJOS, was allegedly caught cheating while writing an examination for a Master’s degree in Research and Public Policy in the Faculty of Social Sciences of the same university.
Even though she has a Masters in Law, the associate professor had been working towards acquiring another Masters in Research and Public Policy.
According to the online Media House, the department claimed she sneaked in prepared answers, while writing an examination for the Global Context in Public Policy course.
As soon as she was apprehended, she was then reported to the university’s examination committee, however, sources said that there were attempts at cover ups by the university authorities.
When contacted, the Dean, Faculty of Social Science of the University, Prof. Ezekiel Best, said it was not true that authorities were trying to cover up the matter.
“I was not even around when the incident happened,” Mr. Best said, adding that “So I don’t have all the details at this time. But there is nothing like that that we are doing nothing about it.”
When Prof Best was confronted with Prof. Haruna’s claim, he simply said, “Whatever Prof. Haruna said is correct. He is the head of department.”
Mrs Dauda, it was learnt, repeatedly hung up, when contacted for comments via phone calls.
Speaking on the matter, the public relations officer of the university, Abdullahi Abdullahi, said the management of the institution is currently aware of the development.
“I tried to confirm whether there was anything like that, really I couldn’t get any confirmation. It has not been brought to the attention of management. So right now I wouldn’t know,” he said.
“Although the university has internal processes that deals with these issues, even if there was anything like that, which I doubt much, it would have to go through the normal internal processes from the department to the faculty and then to the exam misconduct committee. It is at that stage it would be brought to the appropriate authority for sanction.”