Allegations have emerged that the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, is allegedly involved in the ‘illegal’ sales of admission into Law and Medical Laboratory Sciences courses to wards of wealthy parents.
Bahdstreetvibes gathered that a top source in the university has revealed how the institution’s management is inappropriately moving students admitted into Law and Medical Laboratory Sciences courses to other departments to make way for their rich colleagues whose parents have paid heavily for admissions into such courses.
The source on Thursday told SaharaReporters that these affected students are being ‘illegally’ moved to other departments after they have made payments of N71,900 as acceptance fees.
According to the source, a senior lecturer at the University, the institution sold students’ admissions to children of the rich and connected in the country after the management had allegedly collected bribes from their parents.
The lecturer disclosed that “It is clear that the Law course was the target because admission was still going on till today. The affected students have paid acceptance fees of N71,900 and were already processing their admissions.
“Now they were moved to other departments to give space for the children of connected and influential bidders.”
The platform gathered that some of the affected students had been moved to Bachelor of Arts in English and History and International Studies.
Speaking further, the source revealed that the university published a special release titled: “Notice To All Newly Admitted Students (UTME and DE)” on Thursday, August 10, 2023, directing all students admitted to into Law and Medical Laboratory Sciences to pay their full school fees before Monday, August 14, 2023.
The lecturer argued that if they were not up to corrupt practices, how would they have asked students admitted into those particular courses to pay their fees at the weekend?
He continued ”The students had only Friday and Monday to make the payments. You know, the students will first generate a Remita invoice before proceeding to the bank to pay.
“So the university authority had in mind that because of the internet issues and heavy traffic on the university site, a lot of students would not be able to generate Remita invoices to pay the fees within two working days, and then they would sell their admissions to children of connected Nigerians.”
The special release was reportedly signed by the Acting Registrar of the University, Ambrose E. Odiase, and Head of Corporate Communications, Otunba Mike Ade Aladenika.
Corroborating the allegation, another lecturer at the University noted that “They (students) were admitted to study law. They have paid acceptance fees. While the admission process is still ongoing, the university management must have seen good bidders for the law course, and they made a release that whoever didn’t pay school fees within four days would be dropped from the law.
“This is unacceptable and condemnable. So, this means that the students of the poor who are brilliant cannot study certain courses in Nigeria because of corruption. It is disheartening.”
However, efforts to speak with the Registrar of the University and Head, of Corporate Communications, Mr Odiase and Mr Aladenika, respectively to hear their side of the story proved abortive as they were both not picking up their calls and had yet to respond to messages at the time of filling this report.
Below is a copy of the special release: