Nigerian PhD student expelled over plagiarism


A doctoral student at the Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUTMINNA) has been expelled over alleged plagiarism. His name is Olateju Ademola Mukaila.

Until his expulsion, Mr Olateju was a student in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the institution.

According to a recently published edition of the University’s weekly bulletin, he was expelled for committing that offence, which could not be swept under the carpet and to serve as a deterrent to others planning to do same.

The content of the decision sighted by reads thus, “Senate, at its 431st meeting held on Wednesday, February 28, considered among others, the expulsion of Olateju Ademola Mukaila, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Environmental Technology, from the university with immediate effect.

“This is based on the reports of various university committees that investigated his alleged involvement in plagiarising that has to do with the thesis of Dr. N. T. A. Abd’razaq entitled “Ecological Foot Print for Sustainable Development in Minna.””

3 undergraduates expelled for staying too long

In a related development, three students of FUTMINNA were expelled for overstaying their studentship while another four were said to have voluntarily withdraw their studentship.

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Three of them were from the department of Mathematics, while the fourth was from the Department of Geology.

They were said to have stayed for 15 semesters in the institution as against the normal 10 semesters.

The names of the other expelled students are Akangbe Olusola Olamide, 500 Level student, Department of Geology; Nnaegbuna Innocent Uchenna 500 Level student of the Department of Geology, and Olorunmaiye Emmanuel Juwon, 500 Level student of the Department of Geology.

No reason was given for the voluntary withdrawal of the studentship of the remaining. Those who voluntarily withdrew from the university are Olanrewaju Hafeez Abiodun, 200 Level student of the Department of Mathematics; Oluwaseyi Caleb Akanbi, 400 Level, Department of Mathematics; Bernard Prince Otunche, 200 Level, Department of Mathematics, and Mohammed Umar Kuta, 300 Level, Department of Geology.

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