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Court dismisses case filed against UNIOSUN VC, EFCC

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The Federal High Court in Osogbo has terminated a case filed by the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) of the Osun State University against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Vice-Chancellor of UNIOSUN, Professor Labode Popoola.

The University’s NASU dragged the EFCC and Professor Laboode to court over the mismanagement of funds belonging to the institution, among other corruption cases as contained in its petition to the Commission.

The NASU Counsel, Kanmi Ajibola referred the Court to the duties of the EFCC and urged the court to grant the NASU’s prayers.

However, the EFCC Counsel, M.S Usman in his 17 paragraphs counter-affidavit, twelve exhibits and a written address asked: “whether the court, having regard to the circumstances of the case could grant the reliefs sought by the applicant.”

Usman urged the Court not to grant the NASU’s prayers as they lack the moral and legal standing to seek the order of mandamus.

The petition of NASU which was supported with documents to EFCC against the Vice-Chancellor of the Osun State University claimed that the EFCC, in its duty, failed to investigate and prosecute Professor Labode Popoola.

The EFCC Counsel disclosed that the anti-graft agency has done all which is expected of it by law in relation to the petition written against the Vice-Chancellor.

The presiding judge, Justice P.O. Lifu in his ruling, refused the applicants prayers

“Based on the above reasoning and conclusion, the applicant’s prayer is hereby refused and is accordingly dismissed as lacking merit.” The judge ruled.

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