Former Vice Chancellor of University of Ilorin and Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof Is-haq Oloyede has disclosed to the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on how he was almost swindled of $11,550 by some individuals behind a suspicious university who offered to award him a doctorate degree at that amount.
Prof Oloyede, who was in court to witness as the second prosecution witness in the case of Prof David Iornem, said the incident happened in 2012 when he was the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin.
Prof Iornem is being tried by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission (ICPC) on a three-count for allegedly operating an illegal university and obtaining under false pretence.
Led in evidence by prosecuting lawyer, E. C. Otti, said he became suspicious when he received a letter from one Prof David Iornem, informing him about the offer of professional and academic doctorate degree of the Commonwealth University, Belize, and requiring him to pay $11,550.
Prof Oloyede said, on receiving the letter from Prof Iornem, and having not applied for the degree, he became suspicious about the offer from the supposed Commonwealth University, a development that informed his decision to report to the National University Commission for investigation.
The JAMB registrar said he had never met Prof Iornem before yesterday when he saw him in person in court.
He said by the letter from the Commonwealth University, he was required to pay $9,500 for the doctorate degree, $1,500 for seminar and $550 for academic gown.
After he identified the letter from the Commonwealth University, his letter to NUC dated July 23, 2012 and his statement to the ICPC, the three documents were admitted in evidence by the court.
Under cross examination by defence lawyer, Chris Alashi, Prof Oloyede said he had First Class in his first degree in Arabic, a Masters in Islamic Studies and PHD in Islamic Studies, with specialisation in Islamic Jurisprudence.
He said he has over 50 academic publications to his credit and has attended over 500 academic related seminars and workshops both locally and internationally in his over 40 years as an academic.
He said he became a professor in 1995. He said he was aware that of recent, some countries have started to award professional doctorate degrees in professional fields.
Trial judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed later adjournedproceedings to June 8, for Prof Oloyede to continue his testimony.