Togo, Benin degrees: ICPC boss to meet reporter, launches investigation


Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, Musa Adamu Aliyu has convened a critical meeting at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja with the reporter who exposed the alleged degree certificate fraud in some neighbouring countries.

A statement signed by Azuka Ogugua, ICPC director of press, said that the invitation was to discuss the story published on December 30 by the reporter on the alleged corrupt practices at a Cotonou university.

The statement said that meeting with the reporter was aimed at deepening the investigation and initiating relevant actions against parties involved in the certificate scandal.

Newspot reports that the investigation into Ecole Supérieure de Gestion et de Technologies, ESGT, in Cotonou revealed a concerning situation where degrees are allegedly awarded in as little as six weeks, bypassing standard academic procedures like application, registration, coursework, and examinations.

In response to these critical allegations, the ICPC said it is embarking on a thorough investigation.


According to the Commission, “the probe will rigorously examine the networks and individuals engaged in these malpractices, with the objective of restoring and preserving the integrity of our educational system.”

The Commission said it will engage in a synergistic collaboration with relevant domestic and international bodies to jointly evaluate the legitimacy of academic qualifications procured from overseas institutions, especially those highlighted in the investigative report.

The ICPC then called on all stakeholders in the educational and governmental sectors to join hands in this critical endeavor.

“Together, we can work towards a future where the credibility of our educational qualifications is unimpeachable, and where corruption finds no refuge,” the Commission said.

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