ICPC arrests 10 for selling plagiarised theses


The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission has arrested 10 persons involved in the advertisement and sale of completed academic projects to students online.

The suspects allegedly packaged and marketed plagiarised theses to desperate students to assist them to unlawfully fulfil the requirement for the award of different degrees in tertiary institutions across the country.

It was said that some of the culprits of the online project scam resided at Cross River, Ebonyi, Enugu and Anambra states.

A statement on Saturday by the ICPC spokesperson, Mrs Azuka Ogugua, said six of the suspects had been released on bail while the remaining four who were seriously implicated in the matter were assisting the commission with useful information.

According to the statement titled, ‘ICPC clamps down on online academic fraudsters,’ items seized from the suspects for forensic analysis ranging from laptops to mobile phones would be returned  after investigations provided they were not required as exhibits.

It said, “The arrest was a result of the ongoing inter-agency collaboration between the ICPC and the National Universities Commission aimed at putting an end to the fast-rising scam on academic projects on the Internet.

“ICPC hereby wishes to advise all Nigerian students not to fall prey to this ploy by fraudsters on the internet as anyone caught patronising their sites would not be spared as the commission would bring to bear appropriate laws against plagiarism and examination malpractice on them.”