Former ICPC Commissioner, Uche Modum, Embroiled In Academic Fraud At UNN

Uche Modum
By SaharaReporters, New York

Uche Modum, a well known professor at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) is at the center of an academic fraud case that has many members of the academic community buzzing with questions. Ms. Modum, who once served as a high-profile commissioner with the Nigerian Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), is accused of obtaining her professorship by making several false and questionable academic claims.

One of the sources at the university who said she was familiar with the case described Ms. Modum as “a walking academic fraud.” Another source asserted that Ms. Modum’s fraudulent claims would have earned her “instant sack or at least demotion,” but the source said the embattled academic was instead enjoying the protection of UNN authorities “because of her connection to the high and mighty at the university and beyond.”

In applying for elevation to the rank of professor, Ms Modum claimed that she had authored research publications in a highly reputable journal, Management Accounting. But her claims fell apart when the journal’s editor in chief, Kathy Williams, disclosed that a letter of interest purportedly written by the journal accepting two of Ms. Modum’s papers for publication was a fraud. The management of the journal specifically denied ever writing the said letter to Ms. Modum.

SaharaReporters obtained a copy of Ms. Williams’ letter.

A source close to the Vice Chancellor of the university, Barth Okolo, told our citizen reporter that Ms. Modum’s bogus claims were first exposed by her colleague and a former dean in the Faculty of Business Administration, Ugochukwu Uche.

One source told SaharaReporters that “Professor Modum and the powers-that-be at this university are working to cover up what is a clear case of fraud.” The source added that, instead of acknowledging the fact that Ms. Modum actually obtained promotion by embellishing her credentials, some university authorities seemed determined to shield her whilst targeting the whistle blower with reprisals.

The university authorities reportedly ordered Mr. Uche, the former dean and Ms. Modum’s accuser, to recant and apologize to Ms. Modum. Several lecturers told SaharaReporters that they were appalled by the university’s demand. Two of them stated that they supported the former dean who has reportedly refused to bow to pressure to withdraw his petition against Ms. Modum. Mr. Uche has protested to the university authorities.

Another lecturer said he had never “seen anything like this.” According to her, “The glaring cases of fraud that Professor Ugochukwu Uche discovered in Professor Modum’s qualifications have an impact on her ability to discharge her duties as a lecturer. So why is the vice chancellor not taking the case seriously?”

A source close to Mr. Uche said the whistle blowing former dean was shocked when he received a gag order after he presented the university council with a plethora of evidence regarding Ms. Modum’s knowingly false academic claims.

When SaharaReporters contacted a lecturer who is a known public supporter of Ms. Modum, he initially hung up his phone. But when our citizen reporter made a subsequent call, the lecturer pleaded not to be quoted. Then he disclosed that the embattled professor was “a very powerful woman and well-connected who made a mistake. It’s too late for her to correct herself.”

Several of our sources spoke about Ms. Modum’s perceived influence and power, indicating that many lecturers deplored her false claims but remained silent for fear of incurring her wrath. Two of them accused the VC of UNN of engaging in a cover up in order to protect Ms. Modum.

In addition to making false claims about her academic publications, Ms. Modum’s CV also revealed a trail of other misrepresentations. She claimed to have graduated from Wilberforce University, Ohio. While the US-based University affirmed that one Uche Okonkwo did graduate from the school, the date of birth the university has on file is different from what Ms. Modum later presented as her date of birth.  Attempts to reach Ms. Modum to explain some of these discrepancies were unsuccessful, since her phone was switched off.

According to one of the lecturers, “The motto of this university is, ‘Restore the Dignity of Man.’ It is a shame that the university now accommodates and protects somebody whose academic claims are open to question.”

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@ Prof Barth Okolo VC UNN is a Criminal

You are supporting fraud? Stupid VC, that is because you are even a bigger criminal yourself. You will be jailed soon.

why not summarily executed!

why not summarily executed! jungle judge Okolo?

Re: Silly Kool - @Naija East Coast is the tribalist

@Naija East Coasst, your likes are quick to condemn others as tribalistic when actually your are the real tribalist. Did KOOL make any comment that could be regarded as tribalistic? I don't think so. But your hatred for other tibes wouldn't restrain your itchy fingers to type your trademark of tribal tirades. Are you now fronting for Akpos1 and his brother? Or is it the usual "na my broda" instinct that motivated your rejoinder? Are you angry because KOOL exposed your ethnic age long and day dream of incorporating the SS into the SE because of the oil? You are disgusting. Republic of SE & SS my foot. Ole!

@Naija East Coast ... the lunatic relays the words of the wise

"This story is another classical example of what will characterise your amalgamated republic. Keep on your "oiyele" day dream.
LONG LIVE THE REPUBLIC OF SE & SS
LOND LIVE THE UNITED STATES OF SE &SS
Rolling on the floor with laughter (ROTFWL) !!!
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Silly Kool, you are rolling on the floor because you have found an example of a crime that no one from your tribe ever committed and/or will commit abi? If only you can take your head out of your azz, you do know that the person that exposed the “fraud” is from Igbo, your nightmare. Oh, what am I talking? That would require Kool and Gang of tribe to be non-tribal. Sorry, excuse me, hell no, that won’t happen.
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@Naija East Coast ... See yaself eh! ...the quiet words spoken by the wise are relayed by the mouth of a lunatic according to a proverb. ROTFWL !!!

UNN is a Great School

UNN will be making a public statement on this and other attacks on a great institution. Prof. (Mrs) Modum might have made a mistake, but does not deserve all the insults. It is already too late to do anything since she has been educating students in the most excellent manner. What she did not have in publications, she now has in experience. Those behind this leak of internal problem will be summarily dismissed.

Prof. Bartho Okolo, VC UNN.

Disgraced Professor by Fraud, Mrs. Uche Modum

The disgraced fraudulent professor and wicked woman Pro? Mrs. Uche Modum is a notorious cheater. She has been nabbed and must pay for her offense

prof. mrs. Uche Modum should be jailed for her CRIME

IT IS ONLY IN NIGERIA THAT THERE WILL EVEN BE A DEBATE WHETHER PROF MRS UCHE MODUM SHOULD BE IN JAIL. THE WOMAN HAS BEEN CUAGHT CHEATING AND STEALING FROM NIGERIA WITH FAKE CREDENTIAL. SHE SHOULD BE JAILED! SHE IS JUST LIKE FAKE DOCTORS WHO TREAT PEOPLE AND WHEN CAUGH ARE JAILED. WHY NOT MRS. UCHE MODUM THE CORRUPT CRIMINAL

PROF. MRS UCHE MODUM'S FRAUD IS NOT EXCUSEABLE

Mrs. Uche Modum who fraudulently got her professorship is a serial liar.
Uche Okonkwo may even be another person because the date of bad has a big difference. Maybe she did not even have a degree. Even if we say that it is her, the:
Fake name of Uche Okonkwo (NOT HER MATERNAL NAME), used.
Lied about age
Lied about number of publications to get professorship.
Cannot teach student and cannot make good sentence.
SHE IS AN ACADEMIC FRAUD AND SHOULD BE IN JAIL

Mrs Uche Modum

A lot of people working in Nigeria have falsified the ages on their CV to avoid early retirement. Though this is not right, It is not uncommon in Nigeria and I'm sure a lot of people are guilty of this! Besides, I doubt if people born during her time actually know their true date of birth as there were no records then! Has anyone of Ʋ accusers also thought of the fact that Uche Okonkwo could have been her maiden name? Besides, this report has not confirmed that there was a fraud! It has not even been investigated so why are Ʋ all jumping to conclusion??? For now this is only an ACCUSATION and until proven guilty we should all see it as such!

She is not alone!

This trend of embellishing accomplishments is nothing new in Nigerian academia. I stand to be sued by Prof. Akunyili if I reveal that her promotion from a Seniot Lecturer to a Professor, circumventing the Associate Professor position, was greeted with open resentment by the academics at the same university. At the time that she was openly soliciting for the promotion, throwing money and her political connections around, she was at NAFDAC.

By the way, if Mrs. Modum had a different birth year in that fourth-rate US university in Ohio, she would not be the first Nigerian to go into the world/a career using a different birth year, usually lower than their actual birth year. How do I recount? Some ladies who entered university stating their actual birth year shelve three to four years from their birth year at marriage. Some of these lecturers making noise about her age may stand similarly accused.

Silly Kool,

"This story is another classical example of what will characterise your amalgamated republic. Keep on your "oiyele" day dream.
LONG LIVE THE REPUBLIC OF SE & SS
LOND LIVE THE UNITED STATES OF SE &SS
Rolling on the floor with laughter (ROTFWL) !!!
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Silly Kool, you are rolling on the floor because you have found an example of a crime that no one from your tribe ever committed and/or will commit abi? If only you can take your head out of your azz, you do know that the person that exposed the “fraud” is from Igbo, your nightmare. Oh, what am I talking? That would require Kool and Gang of tribe to be non-tribal. Sorry, excuse me, hell no, that won’t happen.

ndigbo kwenu....ha;

ndigbo kwenu....ha; kwenu...ha_ha: why are you guys supporting her? she is a fraud and should be chastised. are you saying there are ni better qualified people to hold her position? you people have bus drivers and conductors running your universities. no wonder the ss/se do not have a clue.

SANUSI BOKO LAMIDO

Ur right in all the analysis of our CBN Governor who by his utterances depict the true depth of Bokoharamism in him, however i hope he will be relieve of his job sooner or later.

@akpos1 & Otile

This story is another classical example of what will characterise your amalgamated republic. Keep on your "oiyele" day dream.
LONG LIVE THE REPUBLIC OF SE & SS
LOND LIVE THE UNITED STATES OF SE &SS
Rolling on the floor with laughter (ROTFWL) !!!

She should be fired immediately

She should be fired immediately. We don't need these kinds of fraudulent and unqualified people teaching and running the affairs of a reputable higher institution like UNN.

ICPC should investigate the corrupt mrs Uche Modum

ICPC should investigate her for fraud and corruption. What an irony. Prof. uche modum spent time chasing corrup officials. Now we are finding out that she is the most corrupt person. PROF. UCHE MODUM WHOS IS MADAM CORRUPTION CHASING OUT CORRUPTION. joke of the century.

PROF. UCHE MODUM

A fraud being once a commissioner of ICPC? no wonder corruption will never leave Nigeria. She should resign is there is any honor left in her. She has people in politics and the higher ups in the university-there you go. Nigeria as a whole is a bane of corruption and Nigeria is not the most corrupt country in the world for nothing. What a shame.

Is she one of those who got their PhDs from the internet?

SS and SE as part of Nigeria

You are a big fool,before oil was discovered at oloibiri what was Nigeria living on,proceed from ground nut,cotton and cocoa .Are any of these from the so called political SS,SE?How was th first oil well xplored?th same resources from agriculture that you still don't have.The North o West does not need your oil as you think,how many of th northerners cares about your oil?Take an inventory of he no of northerners that you always accuse are domicile in your area viz -viz you population in the north will tell you who rely on thr other most.remove sentiment and enjoy your stay in the north where you are given land to build big churches and mansion that you dare not have in you area for fear of best known to you.

This sounds like Lamido

This sounds like Lamido Sanusi who was fraudulently appointed governor of the Central Bank. Sanusi has always committed blunders both in speech and action.

Who said that a fanatic mohammedan with diploma in Islamic Studies from Sudan can make a good bank manager? All he is good for is elementary Islamic Banking and nothing more.

She will be investigated, don't think we are fools

I am affraid that, given the history of massive corruption trailing the VC of this school, Prof. Batholomew Okolo, that, this one will have gone free.

Now that we have the news all over the world, there will be consequencies. We work hard to prevent and punish academic frauds such as the one involving Prof. Uche Modum.

Bolaji - National University Commission, Abuja Nigeria

Dr. Nneka , may God bless you for real.

"A thief will always cover another thief. Everybody in UNN have heard stories of Prof. Uche Modum's fraud. Tell me what can we do, the only person who managed to expose her is now in deep trouble. We all have children to feed and train in shoool. It is difficult to fight corruption because the corrupt are richer, and in Nigeria money talks.
Dr. Nneka Lecturer and proud Lioness."
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I heard you my sister. May God bless you for real. Every Ndi-igbo sons and daughters must demand for an independent investigation into this matter.

Ndi-igbo, please do not mess around with the education of our children. Remember, knowledge is power and education is the greatest equalizer.

Mrs Uche Modum as is a criminal - taking bribes from students

the is nothing compared to how Prof. Mrs Uche Modum used to steal our money by mandatory expensive handouts. Expose her more.

STOP PROF. UCHE MODUM THE FRAUD

i SUPPORT THE STATEMENT BELOW

Alumnus, ex lions, present lions, concerned persons, speak out

University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) is dying of acute corruption.

Your certificate would be worth nothing tomorrow if you don't correct this wrong.

Do we still have Alumni association

UNN alumni must steop in and stop this madness. If she knew well that her certificate, age and records have coma, why did she strive for professor .

Great Lions and Lionesses, Arise and save UNN

From evidence presented by SR, Prof. Uche Modem is a criminal Certificate Forger just like Andy Ubah. She should be banned from ever entering the great school. Enough is enough.
Great lions and lionesses, arise and stop the destruction of UNN

THE FRAUD BY PROF. UCHE MODUM IS WRONG

this is a very sad news. the woman is a criminal for using fraudulent ways to get professorship. lying abou her age to avoid retirement is also fraud. and using fake names and age is also fraud.
prof uche modum aka prof. fraud should be in jai

A FRAUD CALL UCHE MODUM

Clear and glearing evidence of declining academic standar in Nigeria Universities. Pay off a professor with money,sleep with your Professor, get a PHD. A shameful society. NO SHAME!!
Majority of this so called advance degree holders are fraud.

@ Udam Ochiaghandigbo: Prof Uche Modum is a CRIMINAL

The School never said that Uche Modum is the same with Uche Okonkwo! They are two differnt people with differnt Date of Birth. UNLESS, you know the fraudulent nature of Mrs Uche Modum can defend the indefensible.
Professorship is based on publications, she lied about her number of publications just to become professor. She even lied about her school. IF YOU SUPPORT THAT, THEN YOU ARE WORSE THAN AN ANIMAL. So I should also lie and become profesor! Shame on you evil supporters.

She is not the first and she

She is not the first and she is not the last.That is Nigeria for you.

what is new here?

If there are ingredients of integrity,intelligency and wisdom into the academics coming from ss and SE, the mother Nigeria wouldnt be in its present state of being. Goodluck is the first phd to be in the office of the president, but his performance is the worst recorded since independence, is he not part and percel of academics produced in the SS & SE of the country. What level of intelligence seen in his style of governance? I beg this is not something unexpected.

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