A corps member serving in Zamfara State, Fidelis Chalokwa, has been declared wanted by the Modibo Adama University of Technology (MAUTECH), Yola, over N30m school fees scam involving 940 students.
Investigations had it that the 940 students were considered ineligible by the bursary department of the university to sit for the second semester examination because they had allegedly not paid their school fees.
It was reported that the Students Union Government of the university said on Tuesday, that preliminary investigations linked Chalokwo to the N30m school fees scam. Chalokwa, who is a former student of the university was allegedly responsible for executing 70 percent of the fraud.
According to Abubakar Lawan, the SUG Vice President, “More than 70 per cent of the students swindled of their school fees said they paid to Fidelis Chalokwo, who is now performing his NYSC programme in Zamfara,”. He further said Chalokwa had claimed he was no longer in the country but investigations had revealed he was still around serving in Zamfara State.
The Dean, Student Affairs, of the university, Dr. Haruna Lawan, alleged that over N30m was involved in the scam. He added that most of the students, instead of using their Automated Teller Machine cards to make the payments, had given cash to the online vendors who turned out to be fraudsters.
He said the least of the school fees involved was N30,700, while other victims of the scams paid as much as N37,800 in school fees which never reflected in the school account.
But Chalokwo has denied the allegations, posting on his Facebook page that the management of MAUTECH was trying to cover its ineptitude by using the 940 students to make up for its shortfall in revenues.
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