Kogi Varsity VC Dragged to Court Over Alleged Diversion of N31m, Exclusion of Alumni From Council Meetings

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The Vice Chancellor of Prince Abubakar Audu University (PAAU), Anyigba, Prof. Marietu Tenuche has been dragged to court over alleged diversion of N31million meant for the alumni association of the institution.

At the first hearing on the suit filed at the Kogi State High Court, sitting in Anyigba, the plaintiff, Prince Audu Abubakar University Alumni Association, filed a motion of interlocutory injunction restraining the university, as defendants, from holding any council meeting without the inclusion of the alumni pending the hearing and determination of the substantive matter before the court.

The alumni association also sought an order restraining the university from unlawfully withdrawing monies from all the banks used in the collections of the alumni fund.

They alleged that over N31million have been diverted into other purposes from the alumni fund.

The suit no AYHC/03/2023 filed by the Prince Audu Abubakar University Alumni Association came up for first hearing before Justice F. Ajayi on Friday.

Defense counsel, F.O. Ekpa Esq applied to the court to file a motion on notice for extension of time within which to file the defendant’s counter affidavit which was granted by the court.

On the substantive matter against the defendant, F.O Ekpa Esq also applied to the court to grant relief to file the defendant’s memorandum of conditional appearance, statements of defense which was filled out of time. It was also granted by the court.

The defendant, however, filed a motion of preliminary objection challenging the competency of the clamant before the court.

The case was adjourned to 3rd May 2023 for hearing as court ordered the claimant’s counsel, Ibrahim Shuaibu Esq, to respond to the said notice of preliminary objection formally.

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