The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in Benin Republic has said no fewer than 15,000 Nigerians are studying in the neighbouring country.
This was contained in a statement NANS issued asking for the federal government’s leniency over the suspension of validation of degree certificates from the country and Togo.
Remember that an undercover reporter had recently uncovered certificate racketeering in a school in Benin Republic.
Reacting to the development, the federal government suspended the validation of degree certificates from the neighbouring countries.
But Ugochukwu Favour, the NANS president in Benin Republic, said the federal government should consider legitimately admitted students.
Favour said this on Thursday on Channels TV’s breakfast show Sunrise Daily.
He asked the federal government to make efforts to probe the matter and punish the individual involved.
He added that the student union body in the country is ready to probe the issue, adding that the outcome of its findings would be used in curbing future occurrences.
He said, “For now, I will say that the Federal Government should look into the issue. Now, you can’t, because it is happening in this school, punish everyone because it involved close to 15,000 students in the Benin Republic.
“I have really not validated if it has been happening for a long time. This is just like what just came out on social media, and we are still trying to find out how long it has been happening. So, that is why I set up a committee as the president to investigate it.”