A fake professor of statistics has been arrested in Abuja after his ploy to obtain a licence for the establishment of a university was foiled by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
The suspect, Ambi P. N claimed to have obtained his professorship from the Obong University, Akwa Ibom State and studied at the University of Science and Technology Kumasi Ghana up to Ph.D level.
Ambi alongside one Reverend (Dr) Paul Emmanuel, and a lawyer whose identity was not disclosed, approached the NUC and submitted a proposal for the establishment of Nigeria-British University, to be situated in Lagos.
They were invited by NUC for a routine interview which was conducted by top echelon of the commission including the Executive Secretary, Professor Julius Okojie (pictured). The interaction took place at the commission’s headquarters in Maitama on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.
It was gathered that during the course of the interaction, it was noticed that Ambi was exhibiting major character flaws, and the interviewers sought to know how he became a professor.
The fake professor of statistics at that point lost his composure entirely, and gave conflicting accounts fuelling suspicion that prompted Okojie to verify the claims from the universities he mentioned where he acquired his professorship.
He and two other accomplices were handed over to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command, for further investigation.