The Acting Rector of Igbajo Polytechnic in Osun State, South West Nigeria, Akinola Olaolu has been denied by the University of Ibadan where he claimed to have obtained his Doctorate Degree. Punch metro reports thus:
“The University of Ibadan has denied issuing a Doctor of Philosophy certificate in Economics to the Acting Rector of the Igbajo Polytechnic, Akinola Olaolu. The Director, Public Communications, University of Ibadan, Mr Olatunji Oladejo, spoke on Monday after receiving a copy of the certificate from our correspondent”
Trouble started for the Acting Rector when he displaced the previous Rector, Tanimowo Oke, a Masters Degree holder with his ‘Ph.D qualification’ in 2015. It was also reported that a former registrar at the polytechnic, Bisi Odebunmi, left the school after he (Odebunmi) demanded the certificate in an official memo. It was not confirmed if Odebunmi resigned or was fired.
The committee was set up to look into the matter and a copy of the said certificate was sent to the University of Ibadan only for UI to disclaim its issuance.
The university’s spokesperson, Oladejo, said the school’s vice-chancellor, registrar and the head of the postgraduate school had seen the document, adding that it was a fraudulent certificate.
He said, “We still maintain our earlier stance on the matter. He did not graduate from the UI. We have no record of the certificate.”
When contacted by Punch correspondence, Olaolu insisted that his certificate was genuine.
He said, “I may not be able to talk on this matter because it (the case) is with the police. I, however, have documents to show that I registered at UI. You have never seen me or interrogated me face to face. If you come to Igbajo, you will see some of the documents I used to register for my MBA. UI can never deny the receipt for the payments I made then, my course registration form…because I started with MBA the
“They (UI) won’t have a record of the PhD if they don’t have for the other ones because it is in the same file. It is the same matric number you use for everything as you enter. It is what you use for all the courses you do. If they don’t lay hands on my file, they won’t have my (matric) number and obviously, they won’t even have my name. At the worst, they cannot deny that I did not come to the UI.”
Punch metro also reported that the matter is being investigated by The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences (ICPC).
Source: Punch Metro