by Lekan Olanrewaju
Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN is being sued by a US based Nigerian lecturer for alleged plagiarism.
Prof. Victor Dike, of the School of Engineering and Technology, National University of Sacramento, California, in a suit filed in an Abuja High Court on his behalf by Mr. E. U. Chinedum, accused Sanusi of making use of his work without properly referencing and crediting him.
The pieces of work in question are titled: ‘Review of the challenges facing the Nigerian economy: (Is national development possible without technological capability?)’, published in the Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa (Volume 12), an article titled ‘Nigeria: Reform efforts and the unresolved socio-economic problems’, adapted from chapter nine of the book ‘Democracy and political life in Nigeria (2nd edition), another article- ‘Nigeria’s bad governance and weak institutions: Is the 2020 project achievable?’ and one published by the NESG Economic Indicators, Vol. 8, No. 1, January-March 2002 titled ‘The state of education in Nigeria and the health of the nation.’
The plaintiff alleges that Sanusi used the articles in various public lectures including one delivered at the 8th Convocation Ceremony of Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, on 26 November, 2010, titled; ‘Growth prospects for the Nigerian economy’ and another at the Convocation Square, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, on December 10, 2010, titled ‘Global financial meltdown and the reforms in the Nigerian banking sector’.
Dike is seeking compensation to the tune of N10 million, as well as N5 million for legal fees, cost of transportation to Nigeria, as well as other logistics.
The judge who heard the case on Monday, Justice Adamu Bello granted an order for substituted service of the process on the CBN governor, and adjourned it till the 31st of May.
The CBN governor Dr Lamido Sanusi responded to the allegations, dismissing them as a “distraction”.
We are here at the World Bank meeting in Washington DC with the governor and somebody called me on this,” said his spokesperson Mr. Ugochukwu Okoroafor, “but I haven’t heard anything like that. I have asked my people to find out because there is a whole lot of distraction going on.”
“However, just think about it; what will he (Sanusi) gain from plagiarizing? They are trying to distract the man from his work.”