Benedicta Daudu, an Associate Professor of Law and former head of the Department of Jurisprudence and International Law of the Faculty of Law in University of Jos, has been suspended by the institution for her involvement in exam malpractice while writing an examination on May 4.
Mrs. Daudu was allegedly caught copying from a prepared answer during an examination for a Master’s degree in Research and Public Policy in the Faculty of Social Sciences of the same university. According to revelations from insiders at the University, the lecturer has been suspended from work, and from the masters programme.
An official of the university told Premium Times:
“I can confirm to you that the Senate Disciplinary Committee found her guilty of the allegations, and has suspended her from the Masters programme for two semesters. Also, the matter was referred to the Staff Disciplinary Committee which also suspended her from work. So she is no longer teaching.”
Another official of the university also disclosed that Benedicta Daudu has also sued the institution for suspending her.
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Mrs. Daudu was a member of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption but her membership was immediately suspended following the examination cheating saga.
Although she has a Masters in Law, the associate professor had been working towards another masters in Research and Public Policy.
It was gathered that the department later accused her of sneaking in prepared answers, also referred to as “chokes” by students, during the examination for the Global Context in Public Policy course.
Sources said the matter was subsequently reported to the university’s examination committee but some students and faculty claimed there were attempts at cover-ups by the university authorities but the Dean, Faculty of Social Science of the University, Prof. Ezekiel Best, said it was not true that authorities were trying to sweep the matter under the carpet.