The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) has reopened its investigation of the award of a doctorate degree possessed by Chima Igwe, the acting Director of the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO).
Rasheedat Okoduwa, the ICPC spokesperson, confirmed the development in an interview on Tuesday.
Igwe was investigated earlier in the year following a media report which revealed that he might have lied about obtaining a PhD degree from Abomey Calavi University in Benin Republic 18 years ago.
According to the initial report, Igwe had been promoted three times on the basis of the purported degree before he was appointed acting FIIRO DG in May 2019. It further said that the only document Igwe had to support his claim was an attestation letter.
But despite opposition from the institute’s governing board, Ogbonnaya Onu, the Minister of Science and Technology, insisted that circulars from the Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF), ordering the appointment of the most senior official to take over from Professor Gloria Elemo, the erstwhile DG, be obeyed.
But Okoduwa stated that investigation into the case had recommenced, the Punch reports.