The Federal High Court in Abuja today had a case where a fake “Professor David Iornem” last year attempted to sell to Professor Is-haq Oloyede, a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, a fake doctorate degree of a fake Commonwealth University, Belize, for $11,550.
The Independent Corrupt Practices and 0ther Related Offenses Commission (ICPC) today caught David Iornem, and charged him with three counts of operating an illegal university in Abuja.
The anti-graft agency said Iornem fraudulently collected money amounting to $17,300 from three different people to obtain admission into his ‘university.’
Among his victims, in addition to Professor Is-haq Oloyede, the ICPC also named Akinkuotu Albert Oluwatoyin and Jamilu Rabiu Sani, but Iornem pleaded not guilty to the charges. It is unclear if Professor Oloyede actually parted with the sum of $11,550, and how.
Prosecution counsel Ebenezer Shogunle told the court that the commission was ready to bring its witnesses to prove its case, and asked for a short adjournment.
J.I Abagu, counsel to Mr. Iornem, prayed the court to admit the accused person to bail. The prosecution did not oppose that application but urged the court to apply such terms as would ensure the accused person will be available to stand trial.
Justice A.R Mohammed granted the bail application in the sum of N100,000 with one surety in like sum who must be a civil servant in the employment of the Federal Government or any of its agencies.
The surety is also to swear to an affidavit of means and drop his passport, which must be current, with the court registry.
Justice Mohammed however held that the accused person be remanded in Kuje Prison pending satisfaction of his bail conditions, and adjourned the case to September 19 for trial.