Six members of staff of the Distance Learning Centre (DLC) of the University of Ibadan who were arrested by the Department of State Security (DSS) have been admitted to bail on Monday, The Nation has learnt.
The centre, jostled by the development, has vowed to tighten its internal operations to prevent fraudulent staff and students from cheating the system.
The Nation gathered that the DSS arrested the suspects on receiving petitions from concerned students who were in the knowledge of the fraudulent activities of the suspects.
The suspects were arrested last week over alleged offenses detailed in the petition sent to the agency.
The offences include smuggling scripts to students during examinations, fabricating Computer Based Test results and falsifying clearance for students who are not qualified for it.
But a source within the university told The Nation the suspects regained their freedom on Monday from the DSS while investigations continue.
Director of the Centre, Prof. Oyesoji Aremu, also confirmed their release.
Aremu said the university was awaiting the report of the DSS which will strengthen the work of the internal disciplinary committee of the institution. The procedure will commence once the DSS report is received.
When asked if the suspects may have successfully ‘assisted’ some students progress or graduate fraudulently, the director said it is hardly possible due to the layers of the result processing procedure of the university.
As if it knew a problem might surface in the future, Aremu recalled that his team last week inaugurated a committee on Information and Communication Technology to improve the system.
Christened UIDLC ICT Homegrown Committee, Aremu said the Committee was set up to fully take control of its IT-related activities.
Membership of the committee was spread across different units of the university.
“The Committee is a blend of ODL and IT experts,” he said.
Aremu added: “The management of the centre is already working hard to tighten our system. We can’t be lethargic about it.”
He said he was shocked on receiving the petition, particularly because a member of staff working with his secretary was involved.
“It was not only shocking, it was disheartening. Very sad,” he lamented.