ICPC Cautions Higher Institutions Against Extortion Of Students

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has cautioned tertiary institutions across the country against students’ extortion.

Spokesman of the ICPC, Mr Folu Olamiti said this in a statement, following petitions received by the commission over extortion of levies from students.

The petition before the commission showed that a tertiary institution was extorting “levies” ranging from N20,000 to N40,000 from students preparing for the NYSC scheme, said Olamiti.

“Victims of this extortion are prospective corps members wishing to be mobilised for the NYSC scheme after spending two or more years at home after graduation”, he said.

According to him, the alleged extortion is to ensure final clearance for mobilisation to the August batch of the NYSC scheme.

Olamiti said the ICPC had commenced preliminary investigations in the matter and urged institutions involved to remedy the situation in the interest of the students.

“The petitions also indicated that some Institutions that over-subscribed their quota for admission into the Nigerian Law School have resorted to sending only names of candidates who allegedly paid bribes or peddled influence.”

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