The Justice Ministry, Following Daily Observer‘s January 22, 2021 publication titled, “Justice Ministry Employs Expelled AMEU Student as Comptroller,” has asked Mr. Kokulo S. Borvor to resign his post as Comptroller-General of the institution or risks being fired and sent for investigation.
According to our Ministry of Justice source, Mr. Borvor was seen on Friday, January 28, 2021, taking something he claimed was his personal belongings from his office but was later stopped by Justice Minister Frank Musa Dean.
Mr. Borvor, having sent in his resignation letter, is expected to have, by Monday, February 1, 2021, return all documents and items of the Ministry of Justice in his possession to the head of the Human Resource Manger.
According to our source, the Justice ministry had employed an expelled student of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) as its Comptroller-General.
When contacted, Maude M. Somah, Director of Public Affairs at the Ministry of Justice, told the Daily Observer that she was not aware of Mr. Borvor’s resignation and, therefore, she could not provide any information relating to said claim.
It may be recalled an investigation conducted by the Daily Observer Newspaper established that Mr. Borvor, then Comptroller-General of the Ministry of Justice, was expelled as a student of AMEU but has reportedly presented a faked academic credential claiming to have graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the university in 2017.
The Justice Ministry, without further investigation, accepted Mr. Borvor’s faked credential and allowed him to serve as its Cotrmpoller-General heading the institution’s finance department.
The investigation has also established that Mr. Borvor previously worked with the Liberia Drugs Enforcement Agency (LDEA) as Comptroller-General using the same academic credential.
Mr. Borvor’s Civil Service Form he presented to the LDEA, a copy of which is in the possession of the Daily Observer with payroll number 16-19-161-0112, shows that he acquired a BBA, [A AC] in 2017 from the African Methodist University.
Our Ministry of Justice source informed this newspaper that even though Mr. Borvor has told the Justice Ministry that he is a graduate of AMEU, he has no documents to prove his claims, adding that “There is no document in his possession to prove that he is a graduate of that institute, but he is still serving as Comptroller-General for integrity institution like the Ministry of Justice.”
Borvor’s expulsion letter signed by the institution’s Interim President, Alvin E. Attah on October 1, 2020, says “After an investigation, Mr. Kokulo S. Borvor ID#1714514 is expelled based on academic fraud.”
Before his expulsion from the university, Borvor was already serving as Comptroller-General at the LDEA, still claiming to be a graduate of the AME University.
Not only Borvor was expelled, but four other instructors who aided and abetted the frauds were fired.
“It has been established through the finding of the special investigative panel set up to investigate the case of an alleged Academic fraud in the university that you colluded with staffs of the department of admission, record, and registration to falsify grades in your favor to be awarded academic credentials from the University,” the expulsion letter says.
The letter also states: “The above act is unacceptable of a student enrolled at the AME University where degrees are awarded based on character, learning, and honesty. By the rules and regulations guiding students’ conduct in the AME University, this act of dishonesty constitutes serious misconduct, which is punishable by expulsion.”
The institution further wrote that “Accordingly, you are hereby expelled from the AME University. However, in line with the students’ handbook provisions, you may elect to take advantage of appealing to the University’s Ombudsman with appropriate legal representation within ten days of the date of this letter.”
However, reporters wrote an official communication to the office of admission requesting the institution to verify Mr. Brovor’s academic information, but the institution replied that “Based on our policy of confidentiality, we cannot disclose personal information regarding the subject without his acquiescence.”