ICPC stops varsity from extorting money from new students
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, says its intervention stopped exploitation of students by the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.
This is contained in a statement signed by Rasheedat Okoduwa, the spokesperson for the commission and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Thursday.
The statement said that fresh undergraduates of the university who were allegedly exploited by the school authority to the tune of N4.76 million were refunded their money.
According to the statement, the refund is as a result of the intervention of the ICPC, following a petition by one of the students.
It noted that the student alleged that fresh undergraduates were made to pay an additional N5,000 as fee for ICT training.
It said the student in his petition, told the commission that they had earlier paid N2,500 before they were asked to pay the additional N5,000.
It noted that upon receipt of the petition, the operatives of the commission swung into action, while investigations revealed that the students were levied twice for the same training.
“The commission, after bringing the issue to the attention of the management of the university, directed it to resolve it within a stipulated period.
“Following that directive, the affected students were requested by the school to provide evidence of payment of the said N5,000 to the college accountants to facilitate a refund.
It further said random telephone calls from the affected students to the commission confirmed the refund.(NAN)