Certificate Racketeering: LASU removes Student Affairs Dean over allegations


The Lagos State University, Ojo, has fired the Dean of Student Affairs, Prof. Tajudeen Olumoko.

His dismissal was in response to a news article released by an online news platform (not Newsclick Nigeria) on Monday.

According to the story, a certificate racketeering organisation sold genuine Lagos State University diplomas for between N2m and N3m, depending on the difficulty of the course concerned.

Meanwhile, Dr. Abiodun Fatai-Abatan, a senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science, has been named as acting DSA.

A source in the university who does not want to be mentioned confirmed the removal , saying, “Yes, it is true, Olumoko has been removed and Abatan has taken over as DSA. This happened yesterday, (Tuesday).”

However, the Coordinator, Centre for Information and Public Relations, LASU, Oluwayemisi Thomas-Onashile, when asked for the school’s reaction to the removal of Prof Olumoko, said that “I can’t say if he has been removed or not. I am not yet in the office. So, I don’t know anything yet.”

Also, Newsclick Nigeria reports that the Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday, said it would invite the Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Mr. Tolani Akibu, the Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, the Senate of the tertiary institution and other top staff over allegations of extortion and certificate racketeering levelled against the school recently.