Umar Audu, the Nigerian journalist who recently uncovered a fake result syndicate in Benin Republic, has expressed concerns about his safety, noting that friends and family members are worried. Audu gained recognition for his investigative report exposing fraudulent practices in Togo and Benin Republic involving some Nigerians.
In the interview with Channels Television on Wednesday, the journalist emphasized that he currently feels safe but is uncertain about future developments that may impact his safety. Audu’s investigative report detailed how he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree within six weeks from Ecole Superieure de Gestion et de Technologies in Cotonou, Benin Republic, without attending lectures or participating in coursework. The certificate was then used for National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) participation.
The federal government responded to Audu’s revelations by banning the accreditation and evaluation of results from Benin Republic and Togo. An investigation was also initiated to probe the entire process.
While Audu has not received direct threats, his family members have expressed genuine concerns about his safety. In his appeal, the journalist highlighted the importance of journalists being able to carry out their work without intimidation or threats. Audu called on authorities to ensure his protection, emphasizing the need for a safe environment for journalists to operate.
He stated, “This situation highlights the type of society we live in, where journalists should be able to conduct their work peacefully and be assured of their safety.”
Audu acknowledged the support received from friends and family, expressing gratitude for their concern. As his report gains widespread attention, he hopes that the government and security agencies remain vigilant, ready to address any potential threats to his safety promptly.