Lecturers who alter students’ results because the student refused to pay cash or kind should learn a lesson from the dismissal of a lecture in Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto.

The lecturer whose name was withheld by the institution was dismissed because he altered students’ results.

The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Abdullahi Zuru, told the News Agency of Nigeria about the dismissal of the lecturer in Sokoto on Saturday.

He, however, declined to provide the affected lecturer’s full details.

Zuru said “that the management of the university took that drastic action to serve as deterrent to others.

“The action is to remind academic and non-academic staffers of what might happen if they try such an act.

“We will not hesitate to wield the big stick on any staff found wanting for any infractions in this regard.

“The university has no fewer than 30,000 students and the guidelines are there for all to follow. We will not compromise the set standards”.

Zuru cautioned students against examination malpractice and vices, stressing that the university would not tolerate any ill behaviour.

He wants students to conduct both their academic and extracurricular activities in line with laid down rules and regulations or be sanctioned accordingly.

Critics have commended the institution for its decision but believe that such lecturers should be handed over to law enforcement agencies.