The Rector of Igbajo Polytechnic, Akinola Olaolu, has been taken into custody and detained at the office of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC.
It was gathered that Olaolu was arrested on Friday by the anti-corruption agency for the alleged forgery of his BSc and PhD certificates.
Crisis rocked the polytechnic which is owned by the community in Osun State over the alleged fraudulent PhD certificate of the rector. Olaolu came into the school in December 2015 as a deputy rector. However, because he claimed to have obtained a PhD in Economics from the University of Ibadan, he was installed to replace the former rector, Tanimowo Oke.
But more than eight months after his arrival, he was unable to have refused to produce his purported PhD certificate.
It was reported The University Of Ibadan denied records of the rector when contacted with a copy of his notification of result, the school’s Director of Public Communications, Mr Olatunji Oladejo, said the varsity had no record of the rector.
The University Of Ibadan spokesperson said Olaolu’s purported matriculation number was fraudulent as it was not in the records, contradicting the rector’s claim that asserted he had just obtained his certificate from the school.
But like the notification of result, the purported certificate was sent to UI for verification and was again disclaimed.
Also, The University of Lagos, where Olaolu claimed that he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics also said he did not graduate from the school.
On Friday, a source said the rector was detained in the Ibadan, Oyo State, office of the ICPC.
Some top members of the school’s governing council and board of trustees, who spoke to journalists over the weekend also confirmed the development.
One of the members of staff of the Polytechnic who spoke on the condition of anonymity said Olaolu lasted long in the system because he was backed by some cabals in the poly’s management team.