Lagos Assembly Probes Alleged Certificate Racketeering at LASU

The Lagos State House of Assembly has announced plans to investigate allegations of extortion and certificate racketeering recently leveled against Lagos State University (LASU).
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The assembly will invite key figures, including the Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Mr. Tolani Akibu, and the Vice-Chancellor of LASU, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, following a news report published by an online platform. The report exposed a certificate racketeering syndicate allegedly selling genuine LASU certificates for amounts ranging from N2 million to N3 million, depending on the course's complexity.

While addressing the matter, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa, cautioned that the source of the news report might be untrustworthy due to its potential for blackmail. Nevertheless, he stressed the importance of inviting the implicated officials to uncover the truth behind the allegations and safeguard the school's reputation.

Mr. Obasa, an alumnus of Lagos State University, affirmed, "I agree that the committee should invite those to be invited to establish facts about the allegation, but we must not because of that destroy our institution's reputation." He added that if anyone is found guilty of wrongdoing, appropriate sanctions will be applied.

The statement further revealed that Mr. Owolabi Ajani, who raised the matter as one of "Urgent Public Importance," emphasized the need to summon the commissioner, the Vice-Chancellor, and other relevant figures in the interest of maintaining the high level of integrity that Lagos State University has upheld over the years.

“While Honourable Sa’ad Olumoh urged that the investigation should involve people in the Information and Communication Technology unit of the institution, Honourable Desmond Elliot and his colleague, Ladi Ajomale, who said they attended LASU, supported that the allegation be investigated,” the statement added.

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