Certificate fraud: Take legal action against illegal remote campuses operating in our name, AAU tells NUC

The management of the Ambrose Alli University (AAU), based in Ekpoma, Edo State, has demanded that those responsible for unauthorized satellite campuses operating under the name of the university be apprehended and prosecuted.

In response to a recent report attributed to the National Universities Commission (NUC), the university on Saturday released a statement expressing concern over the alleged existence of unofficial satellite campuses operating under its name.

Mike Aladenika, the organization's Head of Corporate Communications and Protocol, advised the NUC to take all necessary steps to arrest and charge anyone found responsible for the unlawful operation.

Aladenika welcomed the reported NUC decision to “investigate the owners and recover illegal fees and charges from subscribers.”

The statement added that the institution neither operated a satellite campus nor authorized anyone to do so on its behalf, directly or indirectly.

“The Senate has not approved a satellite campus anywhere; it has also not approved issuing a certificate in the name of the university to anyone who comes out as a “product” of such illegal campuses.

“We have continued to emphasize this. We are happy that by reportedly using the tag 'illegal' for such satellite campuses, the NUC is on the same page with us.

“Anything not approved by the university is categorically illegal and null and void,” the statement said.

The spokesperson asserted that Ambrose Alli University was a frontline state university in Nigeria that had earned the respect of all stakeholders over the past four decades.

“It is a respected institution; it is over forty years old and has produced world-class alumni; the current student population is over 36,000.

“For an institution that towers so high, it must be a strange phenomenon to 'mill' certificates through illegal satellite campuses.

“We therefore cannot wait to see the outcome of the NUC's reported “further investigation” into these reported “illegal satellite campuses”.

Aladenika expressed happiness that the regulatory body had taken a tough stance against institutions producing fake degrees and that the AAU had been exempted from the list of '58 illegal degree-awarding universities in Nigeria'.

He believes the university will only continue to rise given its recent successes in innovation and research.

Parents, students, alumni and other stakeholders assure that the current administration, led by Prof. Asomwan Adagbonyin, is more committed than ever to taking the institution to new heights, Aladenika said.


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