Chrisland University Raises Alarm Over Fraudster Impersonating VC...Warns Nigerians Against Online Transactions - EDU-BIZNEWS


Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Chrisland University Raises Alarm Over Fraudster Impersonating VC...Warns Nigerians Against Online Transactions

Management of Chrisland University Abeokuta has raised alarm over activities of suspected fraudster, impersonating as its Vice-Chancellor, Professor (Mrs) Chinedum Peace BABALOLA, to extort money from unsuspecting Nigerians through online transactions in the name of the Institution

Registrar of the university, Mr.Samuel Omotoso in a statement made available to Edu-Biznews in Abeokuta on Wednesday, alleged that "one Dr. Sylvester with the telephone numbers: 08147935431 and 07084178246 and some other fraudulent individuals and impostors have been impersonating the Institution's Vice Chancellor" 

According to the statement, "the intention of the fraudster  is to extort money from unsuspecting individuals online, especially through the use of social media platforms like WhatsApp,LinkedIn, Facebook, text messages and telephone calls". 

"Their fraudulent engagements are mostly on the sale of laptops, and employment contracts. Their acts are ignoble and vicious", the university stated 

The university made it clear to the general public,particularly Nigerian tertiary institutions that the Vice Chancellor has nothing to do with any form of contracts or other claims being made online and offline by the suspected criminals.

"Professor (Mrs.) Chinedum Peace Babalola is a distinguished Professor of Pharmacokinetics/Pharmaceutical Chemistry, an award-winning professor, a laureate of the African Union, a lover of peace, and a devout Christian. She is the Vice-Chancellor of Chrisland University, and her major focus is and has remained steering the wheel of excellence in the school to ensure world-class value system, intellectual freedom, ethical standards, research, community service, and outstanding training of a new generation of leaders. Hence, she cannot be involved in fraudulent claims as are being made by the fraudsters",the statement clarified.

"By this disclaimer, Chrisland University is making it explicitly clear that Professor Chinedum Peace Babalola, its Vice-Chancellor, dissociates herself from all forms of fraudulent claims made with her name and office as the Vice-Chancellor of Chrisland University by any group of impostors online or offline "

"The general public is hereby notified of this disclaimer and at the same time warned to be careful, as anyone who transacts with any of the impostors does so at his/her own risks",the university concluded

Meanwhile the university's Vice Chancellor, Prof. Chinedum Peace Babalola,FAS has asked prospective admission seekers to make an informed decision on their Choice Of Institutions 

She admonished secondary school students to be intentional and deliberate in their pursuit of academic excellence early enough as soon as they secure admission.

Babalola was speaking at the institution's preparatory seminar organized for selected private secondary school students in the South West Nigeria which had over 300 students in attendance.

She counselled the students to endeavor to make informed decisions in making correct choice of their intended institution to avoid frustration or academic setback.

The Vice-Chancellor recounted her experience while enrolling for JAMB many decades ago. 

Her words: “I remember when I was like you, most of us didn’t have this opportunity. I think I was among the second set or so when JAMB was newly introduced. We didn’t know so much about admission via JAMB. But, I kept telling myself, I want to study Architecture and that I didn’t want to do any Medicine. When it was time to fill my JAMB form, I was in boarding school, there was nobody to lecture me on how to fill the form, so I filled Architecture, not knowing that those Universities i picked were either not offering Architecture or they were admitting at A Levels. So result came out and my name was not there”

She then charged the students on making informed decisions in their academics, noting that Chrisland University would give to them an opportunity to make the decisions before exiting. 

“When I graduated, I looked back and I told myself, if I had made a decision to make a first class early enough, I would have made it. So don’t make the mistakes some of us made.”

The Vice Chancellor also lauded the teachers for coming down for the event.

Owing to the pervasive trend of insecurity in Nigeria, a security expert, Dr Kunle Olawunmi, who also spoke at the seminar, assured parents seeking admission for their wards of a secured, safe haven in Chrisland University.

Dr Olawunmi, is a retired Navy Commodore who incidentally is Head, Department of Criminology and Security Studies, Chrisland University.

The security expert said the University has gone extra mile to attract the best human resources in terms of quality of its academic faculties and have instituted efforts in the provision of adequate security within and around campus in order to avoid unpleasant cases of cultism, drug addiction, kidnapping and other criminality. 

Such requisite measures, Olawunmi added include installation of round-the-clock CCTV cameras and solar lights, usage of security dogs, installation of bio-metric machines for a better access control within the campus for both staff and students as well as partnership with security operatives such as The Nigerian Police Force, Ogun State Fire and Safety Services, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), State Security Service, and the Army, among others.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the Head of Department, Mass Communication, Prof. Femi Onabajo underscored that the event which was themed “Maximizing University Education in Nigeria’ was packaged with the intention of addressing the lacuna that has been identified in the inability of students to attain excellence in their academic sojourn in universities. 

While lecturing the students on how to access the JAMB Central Admission Processing System (CAPS), Ogun State JAMB Coordinator, Mr. Akeem Balogun stated that CAPS is another innovation to automate the admissions process into the tertiary institutions through a faultless and seamless operation.

Mr Balogun added that CAPS addresses the challenges associated with the manual approach and restores the autonomy of the tertiary institutions with respect to admissions.

The JAMB Coordinator noted that the CAPS system makes candidates the focus and empowers them with information on available choices of institutions and programmes, thereby expanding admission opportunities, eliminating multiple admissions, and providing easily retrievable data for decision making.

In another remark, the Ag. Director of Academic Affairs, Dr. Mercy Agumadu urged the students to have a target and vision for the grade they want in their external examinations, noting that vision is not seen when the eyes are closed.

In an interactive session with top Chrisland University's students who are currently within the First Class grade bracket, Miss Omotola Olori, Miss Favour Ama, Miss Toluwalase Afolabi and Mr. Jeremiah Owolu, stated that having personal relationship with lecturers and effectively managing time are added advantage towards achieving academic goals. 

According to the first class students, tips to succeeding academically include practicing of talents, time management, increasing motivation, attention, focus and effort, attending lecturers, having a positive attitude and preparing adequately for examinations.

Other sessions during the seminar included question and answer session and a break-out session where students were mandated to visit the Departments of their choices.

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