ICPC clamps down on online academic fraudsters

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Following intelligence received on criminal activities, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, has arrested a group of people involved in the advertisement and sale of completed academic projects to students online.

According to the agency, these persons allegedly package and market plagiarized academic projects to desperate students to assist them unlawfully fulfil the requirement for the award of different degrees across the country.

ICPC said investigations revealed that some of the culprits of the online project scam were resident at Cross River, Ebonyi, Enugu and Anambra States.

The agency further stated that 10 suspects were arrested, out of which six had been released on bail, while the remaining four who were seriously implicated in the matter were still assisting the Commission with useful information.

Items seized from the suspects for forensic analysis – laptops & mobile phones – would be returned to the suspects after investigations provided they were not required as exhibits, the commission said.

The Commission added that the arrest was a result of ongoing inter-agency collaboration between the ICPC and the National University Commission (NUC), aimed at putting an end to the fast-rising scam on academic projects on the internet.

ICPC also advised all Nigerian students not to fall prey to this ploy by fraudsters on the internet as one caught patronizing their sites would not be spared as the Commission would bring to bear appropriate laws against plagiarism and examination malpractice on them.

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