About 183 persons were arrested by the authorities of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, for an alleged impersonation during the examination screening exercise in the institution. The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku, disclosed the arrest in an interview with journalists at the 32nd inaugural lecture of the institution, with the theme: ‘Anatomy of Fraud and Corruption in Nigeria: A search for the Pandora Box and Panacea’ by Prof. Emma Okoye, Describing the act as the height of corruption in the institution.
Ahaneku however expressed disappointment with the way the matter was handled by the security operatives who released the suspects soon after they were handed over to them for further interrogation and prosecution. The vice-chancellor accused parents of abating corruption by influencing their wards admission, warning that no amount of intimidation will deter his administration from fighting examination malpractices, cultism and other forms of vices in the institution.
“We are fighting corruption head on and part of the measures we have taken is instituting an anti-corruption and transparency unit to tackle the menace at all levels. “We have also empowered the students and teachers in assisting us to courageously provide information towards exposing corruption in the institution,” he said.