- Caught in the act! UNIJOS suspends Law Professor who cheated in exams
- Barely a year after, she became an employee of Taraba State University
A Nigerian Associate Professor of Law at the University of Jos (UNIJOS), Dr Benedicta Daudu, was suspended by UNIJOS authority for allegedly cheating while writing an examination on May 4, 2016.
Benedicta Daudu, was the head of the Department of Jurisprudence and International Law of the Faculty of Law in UNIJOS until her suspension.
Facts about Mrs Daudu
Date of birth: 1968
Place of birth: Jos, Plateau State
Schools attended: Baptist Day School, Jos; St. Louis College, Jos; Kwara State College of Technology; University of Jos; Nigerian Law School
Work experience: Charles Obishai & Co (Legal Practitioners); Garba Puwl (SAN) & Co (Legal practitioners); University of Jos (2005) as an Assistant Lecturer.
The allegation against Mrs Daudu
She was allegedly caught copying from a prepared answer during an examination for a Master’s degree in Research and Public Policy in the Faculty of Social Sciences of the same university on May 4, 2016 and was reported on May 21.
Dr. Benedicta Daudu was a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption until she was caught in the act.
It’s learnt that that UNIJOS authority has suspended the law lecturer from work, and from her master’s programme.
“I can confirm to you that the Senate Disciplinary Committee found her guilty of the allegations, and has suspended her from the Masters programme for two semesters,” an official of the university told this newspaper.
“Also, the matter was referred to the Staff Disciplinary Committee which also suspended her from work. So she is no longer teaching.
“She has sued the institution over her suspension, “Premium Times quoted an insider as saying.
Benedicta Daudu not a member of PACAC until she clears her name- PACAC
In a related development, the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) has said that Mrs. Daudu remains suspended from PACAC activities “Until the matter is resolved,” PACAC Executive Secretary, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, said.
The committee, headed by prominent law professor and civil rights campaigner, Itse Sagay, and made up of mainly university professors, is the intellectual wing of Mr Buhari’s anti-corruption war.
The mandate of the committee includes advising the President on the implementation of required reforms in Nigeria’s anti-corruption campaign and criminal justice system.
With a Masters in Law, the associate professor was working towards another masters in Research and Public Policy where she’s caught massively cheating in exams.
She was accused of sneaking in prepared answers, also referred to as “chokes” by students, during the examination for the Global Context in Public Policy course.
Benedicta Daudu appointed Dean, Faculty of Law
Despite the above allegation against Mrs Benedicta Daudu, the Taraba State University (TASU) has appointed her as Dean of the Faculty of Law at the state institution.
Though she was allegedly caught cheating while writing an examination for a Master’s degree in Research and Public Policy at the Faculty of Social Sciences at UNIJOS, she has climbed another academic ladder.
It was gathered that the law expert sued the university over her suspension at the University of Jos.
Reports say she has now overcome her travail as she joined the management of TASU a few months UNIJOS suspended her.
It was gathered that the National University Commission approved the creation of the Faculty of Law at TASU.
And Mrs Daudu was first appointed, Head of Department of Private and Property Law.
She is now the Dean, Faculty of Law, TASU
One of Nigeria’s best investigative media houses quoted her as saying “Go back to UNIJOS and ask them your questions. I have nothing to say to you. UNIJOS gave you the information, you go back to them and make your investigation; make your enquiries. Don’t call me again, please,” PremiumTimess said when she was asked if her case with UNIJOS had been resolved.
TASU management declined to comment
It was also gathered that the university management has not issued any official statement concerning the indictment against Mrs Dauddu.
Still a staff at UNIJOS
Meanwhile, UNIJOS spokesperson, Abdullahi Abdullahi, stated that Mrs Daudu was suspended from the university and that the matter is in court.
“Currently her status with UNIJOS, as far as I know, is that she is still a staff of the university,” says Abdullahi stating that she was suspended pending an investigation then she took the university to court, which is the normal practice.
And he was quoted as saying he couldn’t make further comment on a case which is before the court.
Who is Dr. Benedicta Daudu?
Born in Jos, Plateau State in 1968, Dr. Benedicta Daudu completed primary and secondary education at Baptist Day School, Jos (1972-1978) and St. Louis College, Jos (1978-1983) respectively.
In 1984 she went to Kwara State College of Technology for a Diploma in Law and then the University of Jos for an undergraduate degree in the subject.
After attending the Nigerian Law School, she returned to University of Jos for a Master’s degree in Law, which she completed in 2004.
She earned a PhD in Law in 2011 from the same university after a series of sojourns for certificate and diploma courses from the University of Pretoria, University of Stellenbosch (both in South Africa) and American University on two separate occasions.
Her employment career began in 2003 at Charles Obishai & Co (Legal Practitioners) which she left in 2004 to take up an appointment with Garba Puwl (SAN) & Co (Legal practitioners) where she served until 2005, when the University of Jos offered her a position as Assistant Lecturer.
That marked the beginning of a successful academic career.
She has published widely, having to her credit 23 journal articles, one book, 20 conference papers and scores of workshop participation.
She is a member of these professional associations:
- Academics Promoting the Pedagogy of Effective Advocacy in Law (USA)
- African Studies Association (USA)
- Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM)
- Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)
- International Federation of Female Lawyers (FIDA)
- National Association of Women Academics (NAWACS)
- National Association of Law Teachers (NALT)
- Institute of Chartered Conciliators and Mediators (ICMC)
She is happily married and blessed with children.