Nigeria: “ICPC Launches Probe into Alleged Certificate Racketeering at Cotonou University’s Six-Week Degree Scheme”
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
In response to mounting concerns, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has initiated an investigation into the alleged certificate racketeering at Cotonou University, particularly focusing on the university’s purported six-week degree scheme.
The investigation was set in motion following a critical meeting convened by ICPC Chairman, Dr. Musa Adamu Aliyu, SAN. The meeting, which took place at the ICPC’s headquarters in Abuja, involved discussions with an undercover reporter who brought attention to the alleged corrupt practices. The ICPC aims to deepen its inquiry and take appropriate actions based on the findings.
The crux of the matter, as revealed in a statement by ICPC spokesperson Azuka Ogugua, revolves around Ecole Superieure de Gestion et de Technologies (ESGT) in Cotonou. The university is under scrutiny for allegedly awarding degrees within an exceptionally short period, bypassing standard academic procedures such as application, registration, coursework, and examinations.
In light of these serious allegations, the ICPC is undertaking a comprehensive investigation that seeks to delve into the networks and individuals involved in these malpractices. The overarching objective is to restore and preserve the integrity of the educational system, ensuring that academic credentials are obtained through legitimate and rigorous processes.
The ICPC’s commitment to thorough scrutiny reflects a dedication to upholding the standards and credibility of educational institutions. By addressing these allegations head-on, the commission aims to safeguard the educational sector from unscrupulous practices that could undermine the value and authenticity of academic qualifications.
As the investigation unfolds, the ICPC remains vigilant in its pursuit of truth and justice, signaling a proactive stance against corruption in the academic realm. This development underscores the importance of maintaining the credibility and sanctity of educational institutions to uphold the trust placed in academic qualifications.