Is any sector in Nigeria free from the monster called corruption?
The National Universities Commission (NUC) has filed a suit against one Pius Nwachukwu, 47, and his wife, Chika, at a Karu Chief Magistrates’ Court for operating an illegal university.
But Mr. Nwachukwu shocked the court on Friday when he disclosed that he got temporary approval to run the university from the executive secretary of the NUC, Prof. Julius Okojie, after he gave him N20,000...The NUC is alleging that the couple founded Temple University at Orozo, Abuja, without its approval.
When the matter came up for hearing on Friday, Mr. Nwachukwu told the court that he got temporary approval to operate a private university from Prof. Julius Okojie after he the N20,000 bribe.
Mr. Nwachukwu claimed that Mr. Okojie, “who is the Director General of the National Universities Commission, gave me the approval based on the existing relationship we had for long”.
He was led in evidence by his counsel, Philip Gushit, before Chief Magistrate Shuaibu Ahmed.
He said, “In spite of the temporary approval given to me by Okojie, some group of armed policemen and staff of NUC invaded the school premises and arrested me and my wife, Chika, and took us to Karshi Police Station. We were detained at the station for four days and later charged to court, saying that we are operating an illegal university.
“I have a PhD certificate in Theology from Temple University International, my Alma Mata, and I am the representative of the school in Nigeria,” he added.
When asked how much he gave Prof Okojie to secure the temporary licence, Mr. Nwachukwu said, “I gave him N20, 000 to fuel his car."
Following the bribery saga, the magistrate adjourned the case to June 13 for adoption of written addresses.