ABUJA – A viral report outlining that the National Universities Commission (NUC) had uncovered about 100 fake professors in universities across the country has elicited a flurry of reactions.
The viral list seen by The Nation enlisted some names of fake professors in some universities in the country.
Checks by The Nation shows the report was published in December 2019 by Channels TV online platform and it resurfaced on social media platforms especially Whatsapp in January 2024.
This report was credited to the Executive Secretary of NUC, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, in a bulletin published by the commission in November.
Professor Rasheed made the disclosure at the annual retreats for Vice-Chancellors of all universities in the country which held between October 28 and November 5, 2019 at the NUC Headquarters in Abuja.
He explained that the fake professors’ details were posted on the commission’s website, forcing it to send the names to the various universities for verification.
Recently, a report published in The Daily Nigerian exposed a certificate racketeering syndicate in neighbouring countries like Benin Republic and Togo, that specialises in selling university degrees to willing buyers in Nigeria.
An undercover journalist, Umar Audu, had detailed how he acquired a degree from a university in Benin Republic under two months and in fact, was deployed for the National Youth Service Corps.
Audu, who reached out to the syndicate that specializes in selling degree certificates in December 2022, graduated in February 2023 and was issued a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication certificate from the Ecole Superieure de Gestion et de Technologies, Cotonou, Benin Republic.