The National Universities Commission (NUC) has identified at least fifty-eight (58) illegal universities operating in Nigeria.
The names include those who claim to be affiliates of foreign universities in the country.
Also, nine degree mills are currently undergoing further investigations and/or court actions.
The development comes following the suspension of degree certificates from two francophone West African countries after an undercover journalist detailed how he acquired a degree from a university in Benin Republic under two months and was deployed for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
In the list below, institutions that have ‘other campuses’ are indicated with “others”; those ‘operating anywhere in Nigeria’ have “anywhere” as suffix. They are as follows:
- University of Accountancy and Management Studies, operating anywhere in Nigeria
Christians of Charity American University of Science and Technology, Nkpor, Anambra State or any of its other campuses
University of Industry, Yaba, Lagos or any of its other campuses
University of Applied Sciences and Management, Port Novo, Republic of Benin or any of its other campuses in Nigeria
Blacksmith University, Akwa or any of its other campuses
Volta University College, HO, Volta Region, Ghana or any of its other campuses in Nigeria
Royal University, Izhia, PO BOX 800, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State or any of its other campuses
Atlanta University, Anyigba, Kogi state or any of its other campuses
United Christian University, Macotis campus, Imo State or any of its other campuses
United Nigeria University College, Okija Anambra State or any of its other campuses.
Samuel Ahmadu University, Makurdi, Benue State or any of its other campuses
UNESCO University, Ndoni, Rivers State or any of its other campuses
Saint Augustine’s University of Technology, Jos, Pleateu State or any of its other campuses
The International University, Missouri USA, Kano and Lagos studies centres or any of its other campuses in Nigeria
Collumbus University, UK, operating anywhere in Nigeria
Tiu International University, UK operating anywhere in Nigeria
Pebbles University, UK operating anywhere in Nigeria
London External Studies, UK, operating anywhere in Nigeria
Pilgrims University operating anywhere in Nigeria
Lobi Business School, Makurdi, Benue State or any of its campuses in Nigeria
West African Christian University operating anywhere in Nigeria
Bolta University College, Aba or any of its campuses in Nigeria
JBC Seminary Inc. (Wukari Jubilee University) Kaduna illegal campus
Western University, Esie Kwara State or any of its campuses in Nigeria
St. Andrews University College, Abuja or any of its other campuses in Nigeria
EC-Council USA, Ikeja Lagos Study Centre
Atlas University, Ikot Udoso Uko, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State or any of its other campuses in Nigeria
Concept College/Universities (London) Ilorin or any of its other campuses in Nigeria
Halifax Gateway University, Ikeja or any of its campuses in Nigeria
Kingdom of Christ University, Abuja or any of its other campuses in Nigeria
Acada University, Akinlalu Oyo state or any of its other campuses in Nigeria
Filfom University, Mbaise, Imo State or any of its other campuses in Nigeria
Houdegbe North American University campuses in Nigeria
Atlantic Intercontinental University, Okija Anambra State
Open International University, Akure
Middle Belt University (North Central University) Otukpo
Lead Way University, Ugheli, Delta State
Metro University, Dutse/Bwari Abuja
Southend University, Ngwuro Egeru (Afam) Ndoki, Rivers State
Olympic University, Nsukka, Enugu State
Federal College of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Abuja
Temple University, Abuja
Irish University Business School, London, operating anywhere in Nigeria
National University of Technology, Lafia, Nasarawa State
University of Accountancy and Management Studies, Mowe, Lagos – Ibadan Expressway and its annex at 41, Ikorodu road, Lagos.
University of Education, Wenneba Ghana operating anywhere in Nigeria
Cape Coast University, Ghana operating in Nigeria
African University Cooperative Development (AUCD) Cotonou, Benin Republic operating anywhere in Nigeria
Pacific Western University, Denver Colorado, Oweri study centre
Evangel University of America and Chudick Management Academic, Lagos
Enugu State University of Science and Technology (Gboko campus)
Career Light Resources Centre, Jos
University of West Africa, Kwali Abuja, FCT
Coastal University, Iba Oku, Akwa Ibom State
Kaduna Business School, Kaduna
Royal University of Theology, Minna, Niger State
West African Union University, in collaboration with International Professional College of Administration, Science and Technology, Nigeria operating anywhere in Nigeria
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Gospel Missionary Foundation (GMF), Theological University, 165 Isolo road, Cele bus stop, Egbe Ikotun, Lagos
In addition to the closure, the following Degree Mills are currently undergoing further investigations and/or ongoing court actions. The purpose of these actions is to prosecute the proprietors and recover illegal fees and charges on subscribers.
- National University of Nigeria, Keffi, Nasarawa State
North Central University, Otukpo. Benue State
Christ Alive Christian Seminary and University, Enugu
Richmond Open University, Arochukwu, Abia State.
West Coast University, Umuahia.
Saint Clements University, Iyin Ekiti, Ekiti State
Volta University College, Aba, Abia State.
Illegal Satellite Campuses of Ambrose Alli University.
L.I.F.E Leadership University, Benin City, Edo State
For the avoidance of doubt, anybody who patronises or obtains any certificate from any of these illegal institutions does so at his or her own risk. Certificates obtained from these sources will not be recognised for the purposes of NYSC, employment, and further studies.
The relevant Law enforcement agencies are also been informed of their further necessary action.