OAU denies affiliation with ‘professor’ arraigned for fraud by EFCC.
The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, has disowned Charles Jide-Oni. Jide-Oni is a fraud suspect who claims to be a ‘professor’ at the institution.
The 60-year old Jide-Oni was arraigned by the EFCC on Wednesday alongside 12 internet fraud suspects before a Federal High Court in Lagos for allegedly swindling his victims of several millions of naira through false pretense.
OAU Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olanrewaju, on Friday, confirmed this. He confirmed that there is no lecturer with such name whether in the past or now in the institution.
From our records here, past or present, we do not have anybody that is a professor that bears that name. We have also checked through our data, nobody bears that name.
The fact that the person calls himself a professor, we need to address the title of a professor because we have Senate data. All professors, retired or working, are part and parcel of the university. So, if anybody now claims to be a professor in OAU, whether a lecturer or not, it is fraudulent in the first instance.
Having gone through our records, nobody bears that name, whether a male or a female. We do not have a record of anybody with that name who is teaching or has taught in this institution.Abiodun Olanrewaju
The accused Mr. Jide-Oni was granted bail to the tune of N10 million with two sureties in like sum who must be of Grade Level 10 in the civil service and must be resident in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.
The court ordered him remanded in Ilesha prison until he is able to meet his bail conditions and adjourned the substantive hearing to October 14.
The information about him on books.google.com.ng tallies with information on Mr. Jide-Oni’s Facebook account, including pictures provided by the EFCC.
Other suspects includes Temitope Fatolu, Olaleye Kolapo, Madukife Ifeanyi Azuka, Fatanmi Yinka Sunday and Adebayo Bolaji Adeyinka.
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