The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, on Thursday called parents and guardians of candidates, seeking admission into the institution to be wary of fraudsters who parade themselves as our admission officers in the university.

A release signed by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the university, Mr Abiodun Olarewaju stated that one of such fraudsters who claimed to be the admission officer of the institution, identified as Omodele Taiwo had been arrested by the security operatives of the university.

According to the release, Omodele had already N600,000 from two parents seeking admission into OAU for their children.

It reads in part, “Omodele’s attempt N100,000 from his two victims, who are parents of the two candidates (names withheld) eventually led to his arrest upon interrogation, he admitted committing the crime and collecting the money, but blamed the devil for pushing him into the act”.

“In view of this, OAU management wishes to emphasise that we do not ask parents, guardians or candidates to pay for admission, nor do we ask them to pay into individuals’ bank account to secure admission,” the release added.

Accordingly, the university spokesman advised parents and guardians of candidates seeking admission into OAU not to be too desperate to be looking for shortcut, so that they would not be falling victims of fraudsters who disguises as admission officers.

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