UNIVERSITY OF SIERRA LEONE

PRESS RELEASE

WITHDRAWAL OF DEGREE CERTIFICATES AWARDED TO MS. ALIMATU TITY GEORGE AND MS. JAMILATU ALICIA SESAYBY THE UNIVERSITY OF SIERRA LEONE

The University of Sierra Leone wishes to inform the general public that it has followed with keen interest the trial and outcome of the matter between the State vs Emmanuel Ekundayo Constant Shears-Moses dated the 27th day of January, 2019.

In this regard the university has perused the document containing the judgment of the Honourable Justice Miatta M. Samba which found the accused guilty on both charges to wit:

Count one:Abuse of office – That Emmanuel Ekundayo Constant Shears-Moses being Acting Head of Department of Law in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, Fourah Bay College in the University of Sierra Leone on a date unknown between the 1st day of July, 2015 and the 31st day of January, 2016 at Freetown aforesaid, abused his office of Acting Head of Department of Law, to wit: improperly conferred and advantage on AlimatuTity George student of law with registration number, 28852 by improperly awarding her passing examination grades for the module: ‘Dissertation’ when in fact and truth AlimatuTity George did not submit any dissertation for grading.

Count two: Abuse of office – That Emmanuel Ekundayo Constant Shears-Moses being Acting Head of Department of Law in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, Fourah Bay College in the University of Sierra Leone on a date unknown between the 1st day of July, 2015 and the 31st day of January, 2016 at Freetown aforesaid, abused his office of Acting Head of Department of Law, to wit: improperly conferred and advantage on Jamilatu Alicia Sesay, a student of law with registration number, 28684 by improperly inflating her examination grades for the module: ‘Jurisprudence and Legal Theory’.

Based on the judgment aforesaid, it is clear that both former students of law did not fulfill all the requirements necessary for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Laws initially conferred on them.

Pursuant to Part II section (10)(d) of the Universities Act, 2005 the University of Sierra Leone shall have power subject to this Act, to “deprive any person of any degree awarded or other distinction conferred on him and revoke any diplomas or certificates or other award granted or conferred if the person concerned is, in the opinion of the Court , guilty of a crime or conduct which is dishonourable or scandalous, and it may restore any degree or distinction deprived, if it considers that that will be proper.

In exercise of this power therefore, the Court of the University of Sierra Leone invoked Part II section (10)(d) of the Universities Act, 2005 and commanded them  to return the Bachelor of Laws degree certificate conferred on them,  to the University Registry, A.J. Momoh Street, Tower Hill, Freetown against 15th May 2019. As they have failed to comply with this directive the university shall take legal action to retrieve its degree certificates.

Signed:

Munda J.S. Lebbie

Acting University Registrar

University of Sierra Leone