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Students allege HOD of extortion, harassment

By Saheed Ibrahim

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A group of Nigerian students at the American University of Moldova (AUM) and the University of Political and Economic European Studies (USPEE) have accused the Head Department (HOD) for Foreign Students, Mr. Johnbull Ugbo of extortion, human trafficking and maltreatment.

In a petition by the President of the Nigeria Union in Moldova, Daniel Nnadi, Ugbo was also alleged to be harassing the students with police.

According to Nnadi, the association had written to the Nigerian Embassy in Bucharest seeking assistance but nothing came out of it, adding that some of the students have been suspended from the university for not meeting up with the tuition fees due to Ugbo’s refusal to pay the fees given to him by the affected students.

He said the association’s efforts to bring Ugbo to a meeting and resolve the allegations against him have proven abortive.

Nnadi said: We have tried many ways to bring an amicable solution to these issues, but Mr. Ugbo Johnbull restricted the students.

He doesn’t want anybody to associate with the Nigerian Union in Moldova. There are pieces of evidence to prove his extortions and treatment of various students.

“We are asking the relevant authorities and Nigerian High Commission to help us investigate the dealings of Ugbo; if found guilty should be arrested and prosecuted.”

In a petition, one of the students, Ezeike Chukwuemeka, said that Ugbo, in September 2020, declared that 50 euros would be paid by any of the students who missed a class.

According to Ezeike, no student could challenge Ugbo for fear of deportation. He’s always threatening us with deportation.

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Another student of USPEE, Akande Idris, said he was mentally stressed and devasted about the threats, extortion, and management going on in the school and hostel by Ugbo.

He accused Ugbo of illegally implementing a 2% rent in the hostel every day after the due date.

 However, Ugbo denied all the allegations against him, adding that “the truth of the matter is that they are a group of cult boys, and there’s no way for that in Moldova.

The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) Chairman, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, advised the students to write her commission as she was unaware of their case.

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