The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has uncovered a syndicate specialised in defrauding parents and candidates seeking admission into the institution.
The school called on parents and guardians of candidates seeking admission into the institution to be wary of the fraudsters who parade themselves as our admission officers in the university.
A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the university, Abiodun Olarewaju, said a man, Omodele Taiwo, had been arrested by security operatives of the university after claiming to be an admission officer of the school.
Mr. Olarewaju disclosed that Mr. Omodele had already defrauded two parents seeking admission for their children to the tune of N600, 000.
“Omodele’s attempt to collect N100, 000 from his two victims, who are parents of the two candidates (names withheld) eventually led to his arrest,” he said.
“Upon interrogation, he admitted committing the crime and collecting the money, but blamed the devil for pushing him into the act.
“In view of this, OAU management wishes to emphasise that we do not ask parents, guardians or candidates to pay for admission, nor do we ask them to pay into individuals’ bank account to secure admission.”
Mr. Olarewaju admonished parents and guardians of candidates seeking admission into OAU not to be too desperate to be looking for shortcut, so as not to fall victims of fraudsters.