Former varsity VC dies a month after office


Prof Francis Otunta, the immediate Past Vice-Chancellor Of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike Umuahia is dead.

He died in a ghastly motor accident on his way to Enugu on Tuesday barely a month after he ended his tenure as the fifth Vice-Chancellor of the University in February.

He hails from Nkpoghoro, in Afikpo North local government area of Ebonyi state

Prior to his appointment as 5th Vice-Chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Otunta had previously worked as a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Benin. He was also a former Rector of Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana.

Professor Otunta during his tenure as VC was accused of sexually harassing a staff member Dr Patricia Mbah but was cleared by the school authorities.

As the Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducted gubernatorial election in 2019, he announced the final results of the Imo governorship election in Owerri that declared Emeka Ihedioha of the PDP winner of the election.

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