According to reports, the embattled Rector of Igbajo Polytechnic, Akinola Olaolu has been arrested and is being detained at the Ibadan office of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission. He was arrested on Friday by the agency for forging his certificates
Olaolu came into the institution in 2015 as a deputy rector and was made to replace the former rector Tanimowo Oke after he claimed that he had a PhD in Economics from the University of Ibadan. However, more than eight months after his arrival, he had refused to produce the PhD certificate.
According to PUNCH correspondents, the UI’s Director of Public Communications disclosed that there was no record of the rector after they were contacted with a copy of his notification of result. He noted that Olaolu’s matriculation number was not authentic and therefore it was forged. Meanwhile, the rector insisted that he had just gotten the certificate from the school. The same process was repeated to verify the certificate and it was yet again rejected and declared invalid.
In the same vein, the University of Lagos where Olaolu claimed to have obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics also denied that he had graduated from the institution.
The incident was confirmed by some top-ranking members of the school’s governing council and board of trustees in a chat with newsmen. According to one of them, Olaolu had lasted that long in the system because he was under the backing of some cabals in the poly’s management team.
He said, “The school was built with communal effort. We appreciate what you have done. If not for you, some of the secrets would not have been revealed.”
It was also revealed that a replacement was already been sought for, to fill Olaolus’s vacant position.
“We are already looking for a replacement for him. But we cannot rush to make a statement because we have written the University of Ibadan and they said before Thursday, they would reply to our letter,” he added.
However, no comments were made by the Chairman of the institution’s governing council, Prof. Olu Odeyemi, as he disclosed that the institution were also carrying out their own investigations.
The arrest was confirmed by the spokesperson of the ICPC, Mrs. Rasheedat Okoduwa: “The Rector of Igbajo Polytechnic and former Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor, Oduduwa University, Mr Olaolu Akinola Olugbenga, has been arrested by the ICPC for alleged forgery of a doctorate (PhD) certificate.
“Mr Olugbenga, who is currently being detained at the Ibadan, Oyo State office of the commission, is undergoing interrogation after preliminary investigations carried out by operatives acting on a petition, confirmed that the suspect was actually working with a fake PhD certificate purportedly from the University of Ibadan.”
“However, during interrogation he insisted in his statement that the certificate was genuine. The suspect’s action violates Section 465 of the Criminal Code and Section 25 of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Act 2000 respectively.”