A lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and African Languages, University of Calabar (Unical), Dr. Eyo Mensah has been suspended by the management of the Institution.
Registrar of the University, Mr Moses Abang disclosed this in a letter titled ‘Indefinite suspension from the services of the University of Calabar', dated 15th May 2018, signed by him.
He said that the Vice Chancellor, Prof Zana Akpagu had ordered the immediate and indefinite suspension of the lecturer.
“I regret to inform you that the Vice Chancellor in exercise of the powers conferred on him by the laws of the University has directed your immediate and indefinite suspension from the services of the University of Calabar.
“The directive is based on a careful consideration of recent development in a case of certificate forgery implicating you and for which reason the university has been requested to release you for trial in the court of law.
“The case under reference is suit No. HC/MSC.67/2018 before the High Court of Cross River State of Nigeria in Calabar Judicial division and presided over by Hon. Justice Emelia Ibok,” he wrote.
He directed Dr Mensah to handover all the University properties in his custody to the Head of his department.
The Don, he said would, within the period of the suspension be placed on half salary, even as he has been directed to stop participating in all official functions, including membership of and representation on University committees and bodies.
It would be recalled Dr Mensah was dragged before the High Court of Cross River State by the State's Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) over a petition by the immediate past Vice Chancellor of Unical, Prof. James Epoke bordering on certificate racketeering (forging and selling certificates to students).
The High Court sitting in Calabar and presided over by Justice Emelia Ibok granted a motion exparte by prosecution counsel, Eno Eyamba, seeking to continue with criminal charges against the accused.
When DAILY POST called Dr Mensah's number with a view to getting his comment on the purported suspension, he did not pick his calls.