- Caught in the act! UNIJOS suspends Law Professor who cheated in exams
A Nigerian Associate Professor of Law at the University of Jos (UNIJOS), Benedicta Daudu, has been suspended by UNIJOS authority for allegedly cheating while writing an examination on May 4, one of Nigeria’s dailies Premium Times reports.
Benedicta Daudu, a former head of the Department of Jurisprudence and International Law of the Faculty of Law in UNIJOS, 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 masters 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.
Beneidicta 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 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 her of sneaking in prepared answers, also referred to as “chokes” by students, during the examination for the Global Context in Public Policy course.
Biography of 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 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 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.