13 November 2012

Nigeria: Military Officer Accused of Running Illegal School

The National University Commission (NUC) in conjunction with the police Saturday arrested a senior Air force officer for allegedly running an illegal educational outfit at Area10, Abuja.

A student of the institution alleged that the Air force officer is the coordinator of the school in question. She said they had just finished having lectures that afternoon when some people with the police stormed the centre.

"We are supposed to finish our degree course by December 1 and do not know why government is doing this to us," she said.

Barrister Awe Moses, NUC's head of legal, alleged that the officer was arrested based on facts that he is swindling unsuspecting individuals who he promised to give degree certificates. "That kind of criminal admission is not approved by the NUC," he added.

The suspect told our reporter at Garki Police Division that he is with the Nigerian Air force and not allowed to speak to the press.

A friend to the suspect said he is not running an illegal educational outfit but was arrested at Area 10 Primary School, Abuja.

"His weekend teaching does not affect his work with the Air force and he does not register people, extort money or deceive anybody," the friend stated.

The friend said that the suspect has never given admission or awarded degrees to anybody. He challenged anybody with such proofs to come forward, adding that some people want to mess up a good man.

When contacted, Garki Divisional Police Officer, Chief Superintendent Femi Abaniwonder, confirmed the arrest but declined to comment further.

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