Operatives of Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) have recovered the sum of nine million, six hundred thousand from fraudsters operating illegal outreach campuses of the Akwa-Ibom State Polytechnic and the Imo State Polytechnic respectively.
The money was recovered from one James Okon Ekon and Victor Iheanachor by the Asset Tracing and Monitoring Unit of the ICPC during an investigation into the activities of the suspects.
Unsuspecting students had been deceived into parting with various sums of money to gain admission into the illegal outreach campuses operated by Ekon and Iheanachor.
The students were made to believe that the outreach centres situated in Obokun High School, Ilesha Osun State were affiliated to the Akwa-Ibom State and Imo State Polytechnics respectively.
The money recovered from the fraudsters, has been handed over to the authorities of the two Polytechnics.
During the handing over ceremony, the representative of the Chairman of ICPC, the Secretary to the Commission, Mr. Elvis Oglafa said the ICPC maintains a high level of integrity in its investigation of cases and commended the operatives of the Commission for a successful completion of the case.
He urged the representatives of the polytechnics to be part of the fight against corruption in Nigeria by reporting and exposing corrupt acts of Nigerians.
The sums of four million six hundred and seventy three thousand naira only (4,673,000.00) and four million, nine hundred thousand only (4,900.000.00) were handed over to Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic and Imo State Polytechnic respectively.
Responding on behalf of the institutions, the Registrar of Imo State Polytechnic, Mrs. Susan Njemanze, commended the ICPC for a job well-done.
She pledged to fight corruption in her institution and called on the ICPC to accord them maximum support to fight it in their various institutions.