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ICPC chair meets investigative journalist on Cotonou varsity’s alleged degree fraud

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Musa Aliyu, the chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), has met with Umar Audu, the investigative journalist who uncovered the universities in Benin and Togo issuing fake degree certificates in six weeks.

During the meeting, the ICPC boss asked the journalist to help the anti-graft agency with some information that could aid in looking into such an academic fraud.

On December 30, Daily Nigerian published an article on how some corrupt government workers aided the fraudulent trade of degree certificate racketeering.

In the published article, the undercover journalist finished the four-year program in less than two months. He got the degree certificate without passing through the usual academic process.

The journalist, who did not cross any nigerian borders, got his passport stamped by Nigerian and Beninois immigration officers, which made him participate in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

Azuka Ogugua, the ICPC spokesperson, in a statement, said: “To verify details and move beyond speculation, ICPC Chairman Dr Musa Adamu Aliyu, SAN, convened a critical meeting today at the ICPC headquarters in Abuja with a reporter from a news outlet,”

“They discussed the outlet’s December 30th report on alleged corrupt practices in rapid degree issuance at a Cotonou university, aiming to deepen the investigation and initiate relevant actions.

“The investigation into Ecole Superieure de Gestion et de Technologies (ESGT) in Cotonou reveals a concerning situation where degrees are allegedly awarded in as little as six weeks, bypassing standard academic procedures like application, registration, coursework, and examinations.

“In response to these critical allegations, the ICPC is embarking on a thorough investigation. This probe will rigorously examine the networks and individuals engaged in these malpractices, with the objective of restoring and preserving the integrity of our educational system.

“Furthermore, the Commission will engage in a synergistic collaboration with relevant domestic and international bodies to jointly evaluate the legitimacy of academic qualifications procured from overseas institutions, especially those highlighted in the investigative report.

“The ICPC calls upon all stakeholders in the educational and governmental sectors to join hands in this critical endeavor. Together, we can work towards a future where the credibility of our educational qualifications is unimpeachable, and where corruption finds no refuge.”

 

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