95 graduates with fake credentials arrested – NYSC. 65 graduates from the list are from Nigerian universities.
The National Directorate-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) (DG) announced that they arrested about 95 alumni with fake certificates from Nigerian and foreign universities and handed them over to security agencies during the final orientation exercise.
NYSC Directorate-General, Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, announced this on Wednesday at pre-mobilization workshop "C" in 2019, in the state of Niger.
Ibrahim said that 65 of the arrested graduates were from universities in Nigeria, while 30 others came from other West African universities.
"With regard to fraudulent certificates, we arrested 65 fake students from universities in Nigeria and other West African universities and hand them over to the police for criminal prosecution by the age of 30."
NYSC's chief executive announced that some universities in Nigeria continue to sell graduate and HND certificates and statements to unskilled individuals in order to inject them into NYSC mobilization.
The DG deplored that this attempt jeopardized the credibility of NYSC's mobilization process, adding that the action had a severe impact on the country's socio-economic development.
"It is disturbing to note that some unscrupulous individuals are still indulging in the sale of graduation and HND certificates and statements of results to unqualified persons. It has also been found that names of unqualified persons are included in the list approved by the Senate / Academic Council, which was uploaded to the NYSC Registration Portal by some corps-producing institutions.
"It is very unfortunate that some corps-producing institutions are still in the habit of uploading part-time and out-of-date graduates for mobilization. This is one of the challenges we want to deal with upside down and trying to jeopardize the credibility of the process in some areas.
"Actions such as the submission of counterfeit academic credentials and attempts to smuggle the names of unqualified persons into the mobilization lists provided by some corps-producing institutions are condemnable and will continue to meet with fierce opposition from the system. "
He further warned the universities involved in such actions that the agency would not hesitate to blacklist them and publicly denounce them.
"It is known that one can only print data that has been entered into the computer. Therefore, the allegation of ignorance of how strange names were included in a list approved by the Senate / Academic Council is unfounded. If there is such a breach, it is certain that the Students' Affairs Officers (SAO) or Registrar credentials have been compromised.
"I would like to use this medium to remind registrars and SAIs that they are responsible for protecting their credentials and being held accountable for any violations of their obligations in connection with the mobilization process."
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