Flash: NUC Unveil 41 Illegal Universities, Begin ICPC-Backed Operation “Shut Down Fake Varsities”

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The National Universities Commission (NUC) has identified 41 illegal universities operating in the country according to a statement signed by the commission’s Deputy Director (Legal), Mr Moses Awe.

Awe said the 41 illegal universities so far identified with fixed addresses have been published on NUC website.

The commission held a joint press conference at the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) headquarters on the activities of the operators of the illegal “universities” across the country on Wednesday.

Prof. Shola Akinrinade, who represented the NUC executive secretary at the briefing equally denied insinuations that the commission had earlier granted temporary approval to the illegal institutions to operate. He said “the NUC does not grant temporary approval or licence to operate a university,” hence the publication of legal and illegal institutions on its website.

The ICPC also disclosed that it had commenced a nationwide joint operation with security operatives, beginning yesterday, to close down the premises of the 41 identified illegal “universities”, with the aim of seizing their properties, making arrest of operators and prosecuting the culprits.

ICPC stated that the culprits were allegedly either using a fake name or illegally operating a satellite campus in the name of an approved and known institution.

Prof. Olu Aina, who spoke on behalf of the ICPC chairman, Barrister Ekpo Nta, said the action is the first in the series of implementing the outcome of an ongoing ICPC/NUC University System Study and Review (USSR), for which ICPC sought and obtained a Federal High Court warrant to clamp down on the illegal institutions.

“The activities of these illegal operators have impacted negatively on the mental, psychological and economic wellbeing of many young Nigerians and their parents. The institutions constitute an embarrassment to the government and remain a monumental corruption of the education system.

“Therefore, an inter-agency task team comprising ICPC, the NUC, the police, the State Security Service and the Nigeria Civil Defence Corps will continue the exercise until all corrupt practices and impunity associated with the physical existence of such illegal institutions cease completely,” Aina said.

The ICPC also yesterday stormed Markurdi, Benue State capital, and arrested the registrar and proprietor of Lobi Institute of Management and Technology for allegedly awarding fake degree certificates. The anti-graft team gathered that the school was affiliated to a foreign university called Irish University Business School in London.

The NUC therefore advised school proprietors to be wary of lending or hiring out their facilities for these “after school hours and weekend” institutions to avoid having their premises sealed off or seized.

Below is the list of illegal universities in Nigeria with known addresses:

1. University of Accountancy and Management Studies
41, Ikorodu Road, Jibowu,
Yaba, Lagos.

2. Concept College London
CITEC Villa Junction,
Gwarinpa, Abuja.

3. Imo State University
(Illegal Study & Degree-awarding Centre) Garki Primary School
Behind UTC, Area 10, Abuja.

4. Logos Institute  (Illegally affiliated Olabisi Onabanjo University) 9, African Church Road, Ifako Ijaiye, Lagos.
Director: Pastor Femi Majekodunmi

5.Open University of Nigeria     C/o Notitia Tutorial Centre,        No. 5, Dar-es Salem Crescent,    Wuse II Abuja
Coordinator: Larry James

6. Mr. David Lornem
New Idea Management Consultants & Open Learning Network, 18/19 Ahmadu Bello Way, NNDC Building Kaduna.

7. Imo State University (Illegal Satellite Campus)    Lucia Group of Schools Ibusa Road, Asaba.

8. Temple University  Orozo, Abuja.     (Proprietors are already facing trial at Karu Magistrate Court)

9. Volta University College
No. 13, Okehie Street, Aba.

10. Abia State University (Illegal Study Centre) International Secondary School, Aba.

11. Triumphal University, Omugbo town, Orumba North LGA, Anambra.

12. Rockville University Uburu, Ohaozara LGA, Ebonyi State.

13. Royal University  Izhia,
Abakaliki.

14. University of Caribbean
22, Agbarho Street,
Idi Iroko, opp Govt. College,
Ikorodu, Lagos.

15. Irish University Business School London (Anchor: Lobi Business School) 20, Old Otukpo Road, Makurdi.

16. University of Education Winneba Ghana a) 39A Ayilara Street, Ojuelegba, Lagos. b) Federal College of Education (Tech) Awka. c) Royal Star College, Lawanson, Surulere – Lagos.

17. Irish University Business School Doseg International College, Akin Mateola Street, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos.
Promoter: Envoy Consulting Limited,
10, Calcutta Crescent, Apapa, Lagos.

18. Christ Message International University, 174/178, Okota Road, Isolo, Lagos.

19. University of Nigeria (Illegal study centre) a) Ansar-Udeen Grammar School,
Randle Avenue, Surulere, Lagos.
b) Hanaco Plaza, 113 Ikorodu Road,
Fadeyi, Lagos.

20. University of Ibadan (Illegal Campus)
Agent: Quality Merchandise Associates
5, Emmaneul Kolawole Street, Somolu, Lagos. Lecture centres: i) Bright Future College Somolu, Lagos.
 ii) St. Margaret, Comprehensive College, Agboju, Lagos.

21. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (Illegal Campuses)
Agent: Quality Merchandise Associates
Lecture centres: i) Bright Future College Somolu, Lagos.
ii) St. Margaret, Comprehensive College, Agboju, Lagos
iii) Victory College, Abule Onigagbo, Ikeja.
iv) Topmost Collge, 3 Ikorodu Road, Maryland, Lagos.

22. North Central University
KM4, Otukpo – Adoka Road,
Otukpo, Benue State.

23. University of Applied Management, Germany
Agent: Dr. Martins Gyambrah
Cambridge College of Arts and Science,
6, Ikole Street, off Gimbiya street,
Area 11, Abuja.

24. Luminar International Centre for Health and Alternative Medicine
a) 16 Nkwubor Road, Enugu.
b) Ekpuinto Mgbowo Autonomous Community, Awgu, Enugu State.

25. Houdegbe North America University
Pioneer School of Management,
Airport Road, Kano.
Agent: Mr. Jibril – 07040044859

26. The International Universities (TIU) Missouri
Pioneer School of Management,
Airport Road, Kano.
Agent: Mr. Jibril – 07040044859

27. Pilgrims University
5/7 Okpu Umuobo Road
Opp. Union Bank, Umungasi,
Aba. 07082801611

28. EC Council University
No. 5, Babatola Drive,
Off Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja.
CEO: Tim Akano – 017901013.

29.  Atlas University
Agent: Southland College of Tech
50, Zik Avenue, Uwani, Enugu.
08086673378.

30. Halifax Gateway University
20, Aranle Street, Surulere, Lagos.

31. Urban University College of Nigeria
88, Afikpo Road, Abakaliki.

32.  Christ Alive Christian Seminary & University
No. 48, Kenneth Street,
Agbani Road, Enugu.

33. Atlanta International University i/c Best Choirce Consult Ltd., 21, Aguta Road, Opp. CKC Okija.

34. Christians of Charity American
University of Science and Technology
No. 2, Oshimili Street,
3rd Floor, Off old Enugu Road, Nkpor.

35. Atlanta Univeristy
CMML Secondary School,
Ayagba, Kogi State.

36. Samuel Ahmadu University
C/o Govt. Sec. School, Makurdi.

37. Atlas University
Uko Eshet Street, Ikot Usoso,
Oku – Uyo.

38. Concept College London
No. 15 Abdul’Azeez Atta Road
Opposite B Division, Surulere,
Ilorin.

39. Royal Institute of Continuing Education
(Illegally running degree of AAU, Akungba Akoko) 70, Station Road,
Osogbo, Osun State.
Lecture Centres:    a) Old Children Boarding School, Osogbo.
b) Fakunle Grammar School, Osogbo.

40. Federal College of Complementary & Alternative Medicine of Nigeria
No. 4, Bujumbura Street,
Off Libreville Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja.

41. Richmond Open University
Arochukwu, Abia State.

The NUC also identified some allegedly either using fake name or illegally operating a satellite campus in the name of an approved and known institution.

They include:

1. University of Accountancy and Management Studies in Lagos

2. Concept College London with a campus in Gwarinpa, Abuja

3. Imo State University operating in a primary school in Garki, Abuja

4. A fake campus of Imo State University in Asaba

4. Temple University in Orozo, Abuja

5. Volta University College in Aba

6. Irish University Business School London anchored by Lobi Business School in Makurdi

7. Open University of Nigeria, Wuse II, Abuja

8. Mr. David Lornem New Idea Management at NNDC Building, Kaduna

9. Another Imo State University satellite campus operated by Lucia Group of Schools at Ibusa

10. Volta University College in Aba, Abia State University study centre

11. Triumphal University in Omugbo town

12. Rockville University, Uburu

13. Royal University, Abakaliki

14. University of Caribbean in Ikorodu, Lagos

15. University of Education Ghana with centres in Lagos and Awka

16. Irish University Business School in Apapa, Lagos

17. Christ Message International University, Isolo, Lagos

18. University of Nigeria study centres in Surulere and Ikorodu, Lagos

19. University of Ibadan campus in Lagos, among others.

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One thought on “Flash: NUC Unveil 41 Illegal Universities, Begin ICPC-Backed Operation “Shut Down Fake Varsities”

  1. I really appreciate the NUC for fishing out these illegal universities in the country, but my question is what is the fate of these students in this various institutions that have been shut down, are they going to start all over again or is something been done about it.

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