IN SHORT: Nigeria's Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, says agents posing as its admissions officers on Facebook are out to defraud unsuspecting students.
A post on Facebook gives the contact details of “Mr Favour” who claims to be able to get students admitted into the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, in the southwestern Nigerian state of Ogun.
The university's website highlights its top positions in various world university rankings.
The post reads: “For those of you that have not been admitted, you can still secure your admission, do not wait for any batch. You have to work it out on your own or you will be left aside. Call mr favour now on (0916xxxxxxx). He is still accepting candidate from different department, this is 100% guaranteed.”
But “Mr Favour” isn't the only one masquerading as an admissions officer.
According to another Facebook post, a “Mr Chris” claims to be able to get students onto the university's “next admissions list”.
The admissions window for undergraduate courses has closed and the university's official calendar for 2023/2024 has been published.
Applications are being accepted for part-time and postgraduate programmes. The application procedure is also available on the university's website. For admissions enquiries, students can email or call the university’s support line.
But are these “agents” authorised by the university to admit students?
Varsity says has nothing to do with the ‘officers’
The institution has never asked students to contact any admissions officer. People posing as admissions officers are out to take advantage of unsuspecting students.
On 21 November, the university issued a disclaimer stating that it had nothing to do with the so-called admissions officers.
“This is to notify the general public that there are some unscrupulous agents parading themselves as admission officers of the university on social media.
“The general public should note that on no occasion should anyone pay for admission as admission into the university is purely based on merit,” reads the disclaimer on X (formerly Twitter).
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