The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, has denied affiliation with Charles Jide-Oni, who claimed he was a ‘professor’ at the institution.
Jide-Oni, 60, was arraigned on Wednesday before a Federal High Court in Lagos for allegedly swindling his victims of several millions of naira through false pretence.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) accused the self-acclaimed professor alongside 12 others of internet fraud known locally as Yahoo Yahoo.
OAU spokesman, Abiodun Olanrewaju, told Premium Times on Friday that the institution has no record of Jide-Oni.
Mr Olanrewaju said Jide-Oni was never a lecturer or non-teaching staff of OAU.
“Having gone through our records, nobody bears that name, whether a male or a female. We do not have a record of anybody with that name who is teaching or has taught in this institution,” he said.
The self-acclaimed professor was granted bail of N10 million with two sureties in like sum who must be of Grade Level 10 in the civil service and must be resident in Osogbo, Osun State.
The court ordered him remanded in Ilesha prison until he is able to meet his bail conditions and adjourned the substantive hearing to October 14.