Degree For Sale: ICPC Arraigns Fake Professor!

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related offences Commission on Thursday arraigned David Iornmen before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
Iornmen faced three counts bordering on operating an illegal university in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital.
The anti-graft agency revealed that Iornem once offered Professor Ishaq Oloyede a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, a Doctorate degree for the sum of $ 11, 500.
He was also accused of fraudulently collecting money totalling $17,300 from three people for admission into his university.
When the charges were tread, “Professor” Iornmen pleaded not guilty/.
The charges read:
That you, David Iornem, (m) on or about the 4th day of July, 2012 at Abuja, with intention to defraud, attempted to obtain the total sum of $11,550 (Eleven thousand, five hundred and fifty Dollars) from one Professor Is-haq Oloyede by falsely representing yourself to be “Professor David Iornem” and solicited payment of the said sum of $11,550 (Eleven thousand, five hundred and fifty Dollars) from Professor Is-haq Oloyede for the award of an academic doctorate degree of COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY, BELIZE when you know that the said Commonwealth University, Belize is a fake and unaccredited university owned and operated by you, and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 8(b) and punishable under Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.
That you, David Iornem, (m) on or about the 21st day of January, 2013 at Abuja, with intention to defraud, obtained the sum of $5,000 (Five thousand United States Dollars) from one Akinkiotu Albert Oluwatoyin by falsely representing yourself to be ‘Professor David Iornem’ and pretending to offer admission to the said Akinkuotu Albert Oluwatoyin to pursue a degree of doctor of philosophy in management of the COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY, BELIZE when you know that the said Commonwealth University Belize is a fake and unaccredited university owned and operated by you and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1) and punishable under Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related offences Act, 2006.
That you, David Iornem, (m) on or about the 23th May, 2013 at Abuja, received the sum of $800 (Eight hundred Dollars) from one Jamilu Rabiu Sani as application form fee and good faith deposit for admission into COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY, BELIZE when you know that the said Commonwealth University Belize is a fake and unaccredited university owned and operated by you and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1) and punishable under Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.
Ebenezer Shogunle, the prosecuting counsel requested for a short adjournmeny to enable the ICPC bring its witnesses forward.
The defence counsel, J.I Abagu, asked Justice A.R Mohammed to admit his client to bail. The prosecution however prayed the court to apply terms that would ensure that the accused person will be available to stand trial.
Justice A.R Mohammed thereafter granted the accused person bail in the sum of N100,000 with one surety in like sum. The surety 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.

The accused person who has been in the custody of the ICPC is however to be remanded in Kuje Prison pending the fulfilment of his bail conditions. Justice Mohammed later adjourned the case to September 19 for trial.

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