Shocking: Abia State University Withdraws Kalu’s Certificate

The Abia State University has withdrawn the degree certificate it awarded to a former governor of the state, Uzor Orji Kalu.


An online news portal, Premium Times, reports that the university in a statement by its Registrar, O. E. Onuoha, on Saturday said the decision was taken after an emergency meeting of the university senate which considered the recommendations of a panel which investigated the allegations levelled against Kalu.

Onuoha said, “On the strength of the findings and recommendations of an investigative panel into allegations of breach of the extant academic regulations of Abia State University, in the admission process of the admission and graduation of Kalu Orji Uzor in the discipline of Government and Public Administration, of matriculation number 00/42226, the Senate of the university at its resumed 69th extra-ordinary meeting of March 1, 2013 and by a vote of 88 against three dissenting voices only, approved the cancellation and withdrawal of the degree, result and certificate awarded to him.

“The decision of Senate was based on the following grounds among others: The violation of the academic regulations of the university on Admission-by-Transfer, which rendered the offer irregular, ab initio and the he non-completion of the mandatory six semesters (i.e. three academic years of study), before he was awarded a degree of the university. He spent only two semesters in all.

“The university Senate maintained that its action, aforesaid, derived from the exercise of its onerous statutory responsibility to guard and maintain , at all times, the academic regulations of the university, its hard-earned reputation and the credibility of the certificates it awards.”

After Kalu had dropped out of the University of Maiduguri, he reenrolled at the Abia State University while he was governor of the state.

As the visitor to the university at the time and there were allegations that Kalu was an absentee student.

The admission and graduation of Kalu, the university stated, made mockery of its academic rules and regulations.

When our correspondent called Kalu for his comments, he said, “My lawyer will reply at the appropriate time.

Source: Premium Times


  1. This is acadamics corruption.Where was the school senate when he was awarded certificate.Now you realize he did not complete his semesters.Nigeria of today is bigger than this story.

  2. this type of news have shown why Thoedore Orji won the worst Governor in Nigeria title. This is a show of extreme disrespect to a boss who made you what you are today. It got to show how narrow minded and senseless the Governor of Abia state is. I do not know Orji Kalu in person but I know that the present Governor served him etc. Its a shame all these stuff it happening in Igboland and the socalled senate of the university should hide their heads in shame for just waking up from sleep after so many years. Talk of eye service, talk of doing the master,s bidding. T.Orji will also soon be history.Lol

  3. Ohh!! how can an old man like OUK cheat on him self, so all those while he said he was going to write exams in ABSU they were all tricks to deceive Abians, while you can see nothing is just hidden in life, OUK you still have time to go back to school may be you go back to primary and secondary cos your might not have a clear o-level cert. OUK BE WISE hahahha!

    • Forged transcript
    • Employed six different persons to enter for six exams for him
    • Returned to ABSU, sixteen years after ‘leaving’ University of Maiduguri
    Shame has a way of locating the man with impeachable integrity. There is usually a judgment day. Some times in life, we are poisoned by the instruments of our chalice. This is obviously the case of Orji Uzor Kalu (OUK), a lowly rated secondary school and University drop – out who traded his way to the enviable position of Governor of Abia State and for eight years, he carried on with the stamp of shame; afflicting the State with fraud, indecent malpractice and the shameless act of lying under oath.
    The Senate of Abia State University insists that in the first place Orji Uzor was not qualified to be admitted as a student having exceeded the stipulated three years for which a student can transfer from a University (he was rusticated by University of Maiduguri in 1984 after trading in school for four years) while he managed to do two out of the mandatory six semesters. So, his stay in ABSU is declared ultra vires and of no effect. What a shame!
    The Senate of Abia State University literarily went dead
    when documents were presented to show that Orji Uzor Kalu based his admission on a Transcript from a “ghost University”. Here was a man who claimed to have attended University of Maiduguri between 1980 and 1984 but presented a Transcript purportedly issued by Abia State University. In his display of acute illiteracy, the courses listed in the transcript were non – existent and unfortunately inconsistent with his claim of a transfer.
    At its 69th extra ordinary meeting of 1st March 2013, the Senate of Abia State University in a resounding vote of 88 against 3; basically acting on the prompting of an Investigative Panel that looked into the allegations of irregular admission and wrongful award of the University Degree to former Governor of the State, Orji Uzor Kalu; cancelled the degree awarded to Orji Uzor and declared ultra vires any claim whatsoever made by him in that regard. To that effect, Orji Uzor seizes from the 1st day of March, 2012 to be a holder of the University Degree and declared a criminal impersonator; should he continue to so describe himself.
    The Senate while cancelling the degree, said among other things that: In accordance with Section 9 Sub section 5 of the Abia State University law 1995; subject to right of appeal to the Council for a decision of the Senate, the Senate may deprive any person of Degree awarded to him/her or cancel it if the Person is not qualified to be a student or found to be engaged in any misconduct or guilty of any exam misconduct. Based on that amongst others, Kalu Orji Uzor violated the academic regulations of Abia State University on admission by transfer which rendered the admission invalid.” The University maintains that the action aforesaid derives from its onerous statutory responsibility to guide and maintain at all times the academic reputation of the university and the credibility of the University Degrees so awarded”
    The self – acclaimed “Master Strategist” failed to cover his tracks and in what could be described as the dumbest forgery in the history of mankind, committed unpardonable mistakes in his quest to acquire a University degree, which was denied him by University of Maiduguri in 1984.
    It would be recalled that sometime in 2000, OUK made the news for his ingenuity in going back to school having been reportedly admitted into the Government & Public Administration of the same University he was a Visitor – Abia State University. Right thinking members of the public condemned the ignoble act and lampooned OUk for desecrating the Ivory Tower. Reuben Abati had in his column in December 2001 said among other things: “OUK’s admission into ABSU is depressingly annoying as it further reduces what is remaining of the integrity of the Nigerian Universities. His act will bring further disrepute to the Ivory Tower as in the first place he is not known to have a School Certificate”. Eleven years after, Abati is vindicated.
    Interestingly, Prof. Ogwo; OUK’s kinsman and the University Vice Chancellor at the time was one of the three dissenting voices while the Senate voted. Ogwo represents the college of shameless scholars whose character rating is despicable and nauseating. He ought to cover his face in shame after those startling revelations. He should tell us why of the six courses Orji Uzor managed to write its exams, why six different writings were identified in the scripts. He should tell us which Officer of the University certified OUK qualified for admission sixteen years after he claimed to have left the University of Maiduguri. The Chairman of ASUU, ABSU chapter Chimezie and his friend Prof Obeten Kalu failed to reason beyond ethnic sentiments while dissenting.
    Prof Victor Nmaju summed the matter in this intelligent manner, “by this decision, the University has over turned an executive fiat that saw a Visitor intimidating his employees in the most bizarre manner. We have been able to subtly redeem the integrity of the University having erroneously awarded her Degree to a person who is neither worthy in learning or character”.
    Very few persons know that Orji Uzor does not even have a School Certificate. That would be a story for another day. In the meantime, I encourage him to go back to primary five as he was last seen in the Primary four class

  5. For uzor kalu to be both visitor and student at ABSU was improper but not illegal. ABSU offered him an admission letter, matriculation number and even the senate sat together and approved his degree. Were they not aware of their admission rules at that time? Could they not have adviced OUK on the proper requirement for admission. Their actions now by a vote of 88 against 3, is an indictment on themselves. It means they have been awarding wuru wuru degrees all these years!

  6. I lough at abia state university senate because they dont know there job, where were the so called senate when orji uzor kalu picked his certificate? Infact those university senate members should be sacked, i know this is a hand work of our criminal Governor(T.A Orji) if the school should take this allegation into action that means they as stupid as any thing. T.A, you must reap what you are sowing in abia state.

  7. Stark illiterates with fake certificates, kleptomaniacs and fraudsters are Nigerias favourite and most successful politicians. Orji uzor is a pile of excrement pretending to be human. I despise him thoroughy…

  8. E very thing inAbia state state is fake… Why is it that the senate didnt see this on time? Shame on you the senate of absu, shame you the gov of abia state T. A Orji, shame on abia state as a whole!

  9. Politics of ownership of PDP in the State is the game. where were the senate in all these years, they ant TO Orji must pay for this, politics is lick a standing Fan it turns around and fades away.


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