The University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) has disowned four persons said to be students of the institution who were arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged internet fraud.
The anti-graft had on Thursday identified the suspects as Prince Hyacinth, Rex Emadifie Oghene, Odili Ifeayi, and Uduak Samuel Williams.
It had said that the suspects were apprehended by its Port Harcourt zonal office for scamming 15 victims of $111,500.
Reacting to the development, Sam Kpenu, UNIPORT’s spokesman, in a statement on Saturday, dismissed claims that the suspects were students of the institution.
Kpenu, who noted that the varsity was no breeding ground for criminals, said after checking the institution’s record book, names of the suspects were not found.
“The persons arrested are not students of the University of Port Harcourt. The University has gone through its record and no such names are found in the record book of the University of Port Harcourt,” the statement read.
“The University of Port Harcourt is not a breeding ground for criminals but a towering citadel of learning that turns out polished products who are making waves all around the globe.
“The university frowns at the attempt to paint it in bad light through reckless reports. The university dissociates itself from this false report and calls on the general public to disregard this report which is aimed at smearing the good image of the University.”
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