Ph.D Scandal: ICPC Arrests Fake Osun Polytechnic Rector

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The impostor Rector of Igbajo Polytechnic, Akinola Olaolu, has been arrested and detained at the Ibadan office of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission.

Olaolu was reportedly arrested on Friday by the agency for allegedly forging his certificates.

The spokesperson for the ICPC, Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa, confirmed his arrest, “The Rector of Igbajo Polytechnic and former Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor, Oduduwa University, Mr Olaolu Akinola Olugbenga, has been arrested by the ICPC for alleged forgery of a doctorate (PhD) certificate.

“Mr Olugbenga, who is currently being detained at the Ibadan, Oyo State office of the commission, 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.

“However, during interrogation he insisted in his statement that the certificate was genuine. The suspect’s action violates Section 465 of the Criminal Code and Section 25 of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Act 2000 respectively.”

CHECKPOINTCHARLEY had reported how Mr. Olaolu had been functioning as Rector of Igbajo Polytechnic, Igbajo, Osun State without even a Bachelors degree, despite his claim of having a Ph.D.

The University of Lagos on Wednesday said that Olaolu did not obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from the institution as he had claimed.

The Principal Assistant Registrar, Communications Unit, University of Lagos, Mrs Taiwo Oloyede, disclosed this, saying the institution did not have a record of him.

That came after Prof. Chibuzo Nwoke, the Vice-Chancellor of Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu, Ile Ife, Osun State, where the rector worked in 2012, said Olaolu’s credentials were fraudulent.

Mr. Olaolu had arrived at Igbajo Polytechnic in December 2015 as a deputy rector to the former rector, Tanimowo Oke.

But because Olaolu claimed he had a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Ibadan, his arrival led to the removal of Oke, who had only a master’s degree as of then.

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