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Fake degrees: FG to extend ban to Kenya, Uganda, Niger

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The federal government has vowed to extend the suspension of degrees accreditation and evaluation to more countries including Uganda and Kenya.

This is coming after the ministry of education on Tuesday announced the suspension of accreditation of certificates from Benin and Togo Republics following an investigative report by DAILY NIGERIAN which exposed how degrees are obtained from the two francophone countries without due process and merit.

While speaking during an interview on Channels TV on Wednesday, the minister of education, Mr Tahir Mamman said the investigation would be extended beyond the countries indicted in the disturbing report.

“We are not going to stop at just Benin and Togo. We are going to extend the dragnet to countries like Uganda, Kenya, even Niger here where such institutions have been set up.

“We will not stop at the suspension of certificates from Togo and Benin Republic alone. We are going to extend the suspension to other countries where such institutions operate,” he said.

He also said students who patronise such unscrupulous institutions are not victims but criminals.

“The students who patronised them are not victims but criminals, we need to emphasise this.

“I have no sympathy for such people. Instead, they are part of the criminal chain that should be arrested”.

Mr Tahir added that security operatives will launch manhunt for those with fake certificates from foreign countries already using them to secure opportunities in Nigeria.

The minister also disclosed that the investigation committee will submit its report in three months.

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