Professor David Iornem was arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja for allegedly duping unsuspecting Nigerian students to the tune of over N200 million through admission into illegal foreign universities.
Iornem was arraigned before Justice Ahmed Mohammed on 14-count charges involving extortion of money and money laundering.
Counsel for the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) Mr. Ebenezer Shogunle, told the court that Iornem ran two private foreign universities and duped some unsuspecting Nigerians through fraudulent admission offers.
Joined as first and second accused in the suit were the two universities: Island Open University and Commonwealth University of Belize.
Iornem was said to have conspired with one Bruce Duncan and others at large to commit the said crime.
They were alleged to have published advertisements in which they offered fraudulent admissions to some Nigerians.
The first accused was said to have acted as Consultant and Academic Adviser to the institutions.
The prosecutor said the universities were not accredited or authorised to operate in Belize.
“Iornem attempted to dupe the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, of $11,550 for the award of a doctorate degree in 2012,” the prosecutor said.
He was also accused of fraudulently obtaining $5,000 from one Albert Oluwatoyin on the pretext that he had been offered university admission to pursue a doctoral degree in Philosophy.
He was said to have also collected $6,800 from one Chief Victor Effiom for the same purpose.