The Academic Fraud Investigation Committee of the University of Calabar, Calabar (UNICAL) has invited two professors of law to defend charges of academic fraud levelled against them.
Professors Israel Worugji and Rev Emeka Uhuka both of the Faculty of Law have been served with invitation letters dated the 27th day of February 2019 to face the panel. Worugji is due to face the panel on the 13th of March 2019 while Uhuka will face the panel on the 14th of March 2019.
According to a source pleading anonymity, ‘Prof Worugji is facing the panel for the irregularities surrounding his promotion to the rank of Reader (Associate Professor) in 2006 without a Ph.D and his status as a Professor of Law in the University of Calabar. It is alleged that Prof Worugji’s law degree is questionable as he has no degree in Law. How he got to the Nigerian Law school and got called to the Nigerian Bar remains a mystery to the University Management, coupled with the fact that he holds a Ph.D in African Peace Studies and not Law from the University of Ibadan after several failed attempts to get a Ph.D in Law from the University of Calabar and others; hence the question mark surrounding his promotion to the rank of Professor of Law.
‘On the other hand, Prof Uhuka, is alleged to be grossly under qualified to be a Senior Lecturer in the University, talk less of a Professor as he has zero teaching experience in any University before his appointment straight to the rank of Professor in the University of Calabar. Also from the curriculum vitea of Prof. Uhuka which he presented to the University for employment, he has less than 5 Academic publications with unknown publishers and has never supervised an under graduate or post graduate student prior to his employment/appointment as a Professor of Law in the university of Calabar.
How he manipulated his way into being appointed straight to the rank of a Professor remains mysterious as the Academic Fraud Investigation Committee of the University of Calabar seeks to unravel the mysteries. In addition, it is alleged that Prof Uhuka has no school certificate, no Law degree, no Call to Bar certificate and no NYSC discharge Certificate.’
The 1999 class of the Faculty of Law, University of Calabar, the learned silk, Mr. Joe Agi SAN and others have variously petitioned Worugji, however, these allegations/petitions have always been swept under the carpet.
It seems the current Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Zana Akpagu is inspiring fundamental reforms in the prestigious tower of learning in his tenure as VC.
See the committee’s invitation letters to the two professors below…