Certificate Saga: NANS President Benin Republic Wants Undercover Reporter Arrested
The President of the National Association of Nigerian Students in Benin Republic, Ugochukwu Favour, has urged authorities to apprehend Umar Audu, the investigative reporter responsible for uncovering corruption in the certification process within the country.
Favour criticized Audu during a Thursday interview on the Sunrise Daily program on Channels TV, highlighting the journalist’s alleged involvement in having his passport stamped and acquiring certificates without being physically present.
“Your passport was stamped while you were not available there. Now, and that aside, this guy served in 2019. And he still served again in 2023,” he said.
Favour asserted that the reporter, through undercover investigations, was implicating the government and casting doubt on the credibility of agencies such as the Immigration and National Youth Service Corps.
“He has to be arrested. This guy needs to be arrested because, I know, he’s a reporter who is trying to clear out some things, but on that note, you are trying to implicate some persons now because, in a sense, you’re trying to implicate the government, the NYSC and the immigration,” he said.
When asked by the interviewer if the reporter’s efforts exposed loopholes that should be addressed, the NANS president said, “I’m not doubting that but then since this is out already, I want to urge the government to look into it and take the necessary steps as fast as possible,” he responded.