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UNIPORT Arraigns Professor Over N6,000 Theft

The management of University of Port Harcourt, (UNIPORT), has arraigned Professor Andrew Efemini and a mason, Richard Nwaogu, before a Magistrate Court sitting in Choba community, Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The professor and the co-defendant were arraigned on a three-count charge bordering on stealing.
According to the charge, Efemini and Nwaogu conspired to steal three buckets of chippings and three slabs belonging to the university management, valued at N6,000.

The professor is accused of stealing the materials meant for repairs at Professors’ quarters within the institution’s premises, thereby committed an offense punishable under the Criminal Code Law of Rivers State.

However, the accused pleaded “not guilty” to the charges, and was granted bail to the tune of N100, 000 by the Chief Magistrate, Israel Agbaesor, who thereafter adjourned till 11th, 18th, 29th of June and 9th, 21st and 30th of July 2020, for trial.

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Counsel to the accused persons, OC Higher-King, described the charges against his clients as “laughable and misfire”, threatening to institute legal action against the university on the  development.

It was reported that Efemini has been in a running battle with the vice chancellor of institution, Professor Ndowa Laale.

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Efemini recently dragged Laale and the university management to a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, over alleged illegal increment of school fees, his illegal suspension and misappropriation of funds by the VC.

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