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Nigerian Students Association leader calls for arrest of reporter exposing certificate issuance corruption

Ugochukwu Favour urges government action against undercover journalist implicating institutions.

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In a controversial move, Ugochukwu Favour, the President of the National Association of Nigerian Students in the Benin Republic, has demanded the arrest of investigative reporter Umar Audu. Audu conducted an undercover expose, revealing corruption in the issuance of certificates within the country.

Favour expressed his disapproval during an interview on the Sunrise Daily program on Channels TV, condemning Audu for acquiring certificates and having his passport stamped without a physical presence. He raised concerns about the reporter’s actions, emphasizing that Audu’s undercover investigation, serving both in 2019 and 2023, could implicate the government and question the credibility of institutions like the Immigration and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

In his statement, Favour insisted on the reporter’s arrest, citing potential implications for government integrity and the reputation of the agencies involved. He acknowledged the importance of addressing any loopholes in the system but called for swift government action to investigate and rectify the situation.

When asked whether the reporter’s efforts had exposed systemic weaknesses that needed attention, Favour acknowledged the possibility but urged the government to take immediate and necessary steps in response to the revelations.

The demand for Audu’s arrest adds a layer of complexity to the ongoing debate about the balance between investigative journalism, government accountability, and the need for institutions to maintain their credibility.

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