UNICAL to punish staff involved in looting, vandalism

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The Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. Florence Obi has vowed that any staff of the institution who is found guilty in the recent looting of infrastructure in the university’s hotel will be punished.

Obi said this on Tuesday in Calabar during an on-the-spot assessment of facilities that were vandalised during the #EndSARs protest that was hijacked by hoodlums on Oct. 24 in Calabar.

She lamented that after the looting of critical infrastructure and software equipment by the hoodlums, some Unical staff thereafter connived with some suspected criminals to cause another havoc at the university’s hotel and its event hall.

“This is a very sad moment in this history of Unical. After the #EndSARs, vandals came in again into university’s hotel and the event centre and begin to chisel the wall to remove all laid armored cables.

“Definitely, this is an insider work. Like I said the other day, this place has been inspected after the #EndSARs and this level of vandalisation wasn’t there.

“The armored cable, the floor and wall were still intact; so who are the people that did this because we have security men here.

“It is not easy to chisel this wall, this is not today’s wall that you can sit and chisel in an hour. These are German walls that were built with hardcore.

“The removal of these cable was done in hours. The people who came in must have worked with the security men and technical staff to carry out this barbaric act.

“It is only the workers here that knows exactly where the armored cables are laid. Every single place that the armored cable were laid has been chisel. These people knew exactly what they were doing,” she maintained.

The VC said that she was going to expand the scope of the committee she had earlier set up to look at the vandalised properties to also cover the Unical hotel and the event centre.

“Heads must roll on this, it is no longer business as usual in this University. This is a system that gives us food, we cannot allow anyone to crumble it.

“Nobody can take this, this is not #EndSARs, this is the work of our own staff and anyone found guilty during the course of investigation will be punished severely,” she said.

The VC also inspected the Academic Publishing Centre inside the campus where some equipment were also vandalised during the #EndSARs protest.


Meanwhile, Vice Chancellor of University of Calabar, Prof. Florence Banku Obi has appointed Prof. Angela Oyo-Ita as Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic and Prof. Mike Okom as Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration.

Prof. Oyo-Ita is of the Faculty of Medicine and a one-time Commissioner for Health in Cross River State under Sen. Liyel Imoke, while Prof. Okom is a Governing Council member and Dean of the Faculty of Law prior to his recent appointment.