Nigeria: Polytechnic Rector arrested for alleged Certificate Forgery
Osun, June 26, 2018 (AltAfrika)-The Rector of Igbajo Polytechnic, Igbajo, Osun State and former Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor, Oduduwa University, Ogun State, Nigeria, Mr. Olaolu Akinola Olugbenga, has been arrested by officials of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission for alleged forgery of a doctorate degree (PhD) certificate.
Mr. Olugbenga who is currently being detained by the Ibadan, Oyo State office of the Commission, according to the Commission spokesperson, Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa is undergoing interrogation after preliminary investigations carried out by operatives acting on a petition, confirmed that the suspect was actually working with a fake PhD certificate purportedly from the University of Ibadan.
AltAfrika.com learnt that, during interrogation he insisted in his statement that the certificate was genuine.
The suspect’s action, Mrs Rasheedat said violates Section 465 of the Criminal Code and Section 25 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000 respectively.
“Further action in accordance with the laws will be taken at the conclusion of investigation”, she said.
It is recalled that earlier this month, the University of Ibadan where Rector Olaolu claimed to have obtained his PhD denied issuing a Doctor of Philosophy certificate in Economics to him
The Director, Public Communications, University of Ibadan, Mr Olatunji Oladejo, spoke after receiving a copy of the certificate from a correspondent of Punch Newspaper
It was reported that there was a crisis at the Igbajo Polytechnic, a community-owned tertiary institution in Osun State, over the alleged fraudulent PhD certificate of the rector.
It was reported that Olaolu came into the school in December 2015 as a deputy rector to the former rector, Tanimowo Oke.
However, because Olaolu claimed to have a PhD in Economics from UI, his arrival reportedly led to the removal of Oke, who had a master’s degree as of then.
More than eight months after his arrival, he was reported to have refused to produce his purported PhD certificate, as he submitted only a notification of result to obtain the job.
A former registrar at the polytechnic, Bisi Odebunmi, was said to have also left the school after he (Odebunmi) demanded the certificate in an official memo.
A committee set up to investigate a petition by an anonymous writer on the matter said in its report that Olaolu had no proof of the PhD certificate.