The Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, has taken action by removing Prof. Tajudeen Olumoko from his position as the Dean of Student Affairs. This decision comes in the wake of a news report published on Monday by an online news platform, which exposed a certificate racketeering syndicate operating within the university.
According to the report, the syndicate had access to genuine LASU certificates that were available for purchase at prices ranging from N2m to N3m, depending on the complexity of the course. As a result, LASU has taken swift action to address the situation.
Dr. Abiodun Fatai-Abatan, a senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science, has been appointed as the acting Dean of Student Affairs as part of the university’s response to the allegations.
While a source within the university confirmed the removal of Prof. Olumoko and the appointment of Dr. Abatan, the Coordinator of the Centre for Information and Public Relations, LASU, Oluwayemisi Thomas-Onashile, stated that she could not confirm the removal as she was not yet in the office.
In addition, the Lagos State House of Assembly has announced its intention to invite the Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Mr. Tolani Akibu, the Vice-Chancellor of LASU, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, the Senate of the institution, and other top staff to address the allegations of extortion and certificate racketeering leveled against the university.