Plagiarism, Academic/Financial Fraud: UNICAL Dismisses 5 Members of Staff, Demotes 10 others

fraud in nigeriaAt least five academic staff of the University of Calabar have been sacked by the Governing Council of the institution, while 10 others were demoted for what the council called “academic dishonesty”.

According to a statement issued by the Registrar and Secretary to Council, Dr Julia Omang, on Friday, the disciplinary measure was in furtherance of the institution’s “bid to curb academic dishonesty’’. The statement said four of the dismissed workers were allegedly involved in plagiarism while one was involved in alleged financial fraud.

The statement also added that the 10 demoted lecturers chose to publish their works in fake or cloned journals and proceeded to submit same and obtained promotion in the process: “The academic staff dismissed for outright plagiarism include Dr Azubuike Iloeje and Dr Maurice Bisong of the Department of English and Literary Studies, Mr Oden Ubi (Department of Marketing) and Dr Paulinus Noah of the Department of Linguistics and Communication Studies. Dr Damian Agom was dismissed for salary overpayment, enriching himself to the tune of N7,268,044. 95 over a period of 11 months.

“The 10 academic staff demoted for publishing in fake or cloned journals include Prof Udoayang, Dr Asuquo Akabom, Dr Sunday Effiong and Dr C. O. Udoka, all of Accounting Department, Professor Molinta Enendu, Department of Theatre and Media Studies and Dr E.S.Akpan of Banking and Finance… Others include Dr A.I. Afangideh and Dr Francis Okpiliya of the Department of Geography and Environment Science and Dr K.B.C Ashipu of the Department of English and Literary Studies… Professors Udoayang and Enendu, Dr Okpiliya, Dr Afangideh and Dr Ashipu were demoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer, others were stepped down to Lecturer I,’’ the statement added.


  1. This’s realy astonishing to me. I’m a bona fide member/student of philosophy department in UNICAL. How come the obscurity of this news to me? Before i accept and believe this, i have to carry out some rational investigations in other not to buy any fallacious or concocted news. I’m quite contrite guys if u find this abysmal. But that’s the nature of my discipline. Thanks!

  2. heard d news in my dept….religious and cultural studies……its as true as reality…….. Its d nature of unical…… Dr ekeke jst got a software dat detects d percentage of plagiarism…..students repeat term papers 4 plagarising…..we r nt discouragin using ppls work bt we cry out 4 good documentation,@least recognise d source. Dis tells ppl,if o write a paper,i worked hard,read wide and did my phenomenological aspect.

  3. Hmmm. Judgement has started in UNICAL oooo. I think it is a wake up call for the others yet to be caught. It is pay back time for all the wrongs done to students. This is definitely the answer to the cries of many students…

  4. Please, let unical look into the dept of physics,, there is a course called CLASSICAL MECHANICS 1… the notion behind this course is that u can’t pass this course except with a ten thousand naira(#10,000)… The lecturer’s name is DR……… PLS HELP US WE ARE PRESSED DOWN