A group, Concerned Youth of Katsina have dragged the Vice Chancellor of Federal University, Dutsinma, Professor James Ayatse before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for misappropriation over N106 million.
In a three-page petition letter to EFCC a copy of which was made available to newsmen, the body accused Prof Ayatse of not following due process in spending funds of the university.
The letter titled ‘Petition of Financial Misappropriation, Bribery and Administrative Irregularities’, called for proper investigation by the commission on the shady, outrageous and unreasonable financial scandal at the university.
The letter gave example of over N30 million illegally diverted into unknown account from the university’s salary account.
The petition letter alleged that the vice chancellor approved the procurement of a personal chair at cost of over N2 million to be used by himself at his personal house.
It also alleged the use of the university fund by the vice chancellor to build his own private school at Isiyaku Bagudu road in Markurdi, Benue State worth N150 million.
According to the petition letter, the vice chancellor auctioned his official vehicle to himself and approved for himself the procurement of another vehicle at the cost of N20 million.
The letter accused the vice chancellor for deducting 7.5 percent pension contribution from the salary of each worker and refusing to remit the deducted funds to the National Pension Commission.
The petition letter advised EFCC to dispatch its officials to the university for full investigation of all the allegations.
Reacting, the vice chancellor described the allegation as untrue, adding that it was part of the plan to tarnish his image.
Ayatse said he was ready for any proper investigation by EFCC on allegations of financial misappropriation.
He said since he was appointed as vice chancellor of the university in 2011, various petitions were written against him despite all effort put in place for successful take off of the university.
“Everything I do here, it will be distorted to give it a different meaning against me.”


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