Makurdi Varsity VC Denies Embezzling N1.5 billion

Vice-Chancellor,Prof Emmanuel Kucha
Vice-Chancellor,Prof Emmanuel Kucha

Vice-Chancellor, Prof Emmanuel Kucha  of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State, on Friday noted that he had no case with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over an alleged N1.5 billion fraud.

He made it known that those spreading the rumour are using it as a means to tarnish his reputation. The vice-chancellor was responding to questions from journalists in his office following a petition against him by a group known as ‘Anti-Corruption Initiative of Nigeria’ which accused him of embezzling the said money at the neglect of development.

The group also alleged that most of the financial transactions in the institution are not accounted for, an allegation he also described as a figment of imagination of the petitioners.

Kucha in his words, “It is unfortunate that an organization will pick a query and then blow it for whatever intent it is very fortunate but I can tell you that this is mischief. Somebody is trying to run this university and its leadership down. N1.5 billion is not a small money. How much is the budget of this university, but somebody is talking of N1.5 billion. It is mischief. I had responded positively and the allegations have already been taken care of”.

He buttressed that due process has been followed in whatever management does, and sited the various ongoing projects on campus to buttress his claims.

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“We follow due process in whatever we do in this university, you see projects going on, and every project follows due process. So like I said, we have responded to this query in the Auditor-General’s office in September this year, and if they have any issue they will raise with us again hitch is a normal thing.

“Again, I don’t have any case with the EFCC, in fact I was in India when I went for medical check up that the rumours about my case in the EFCC came out. So, I have never visited any EFCC office, they have never even come here, nobody has written me from EFCC office but those are the rumours that went round here,” Kucha said.

Speaking on the preparations towards the Nigeria Universities Games (NUGA), which the university is granted hosting rights,Prof Emmanuel Kucha said the institution is fit to host because preparation is still ongoing and most sporting facilities are ready, while the four block of hostels to accommodate the athletes were nearing completion. He however, expressed optimism that the facilities will be completed before the March-April deadline which is the game will kick- off.

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