UK-Based Foundation Suspends Scholarships for Nigerian Beneficiaries

The Wuraolami Foundation, a United Kingdom-based group, has announced the suspension of scholarships awarded to Nigerian beneficiaries until further notice. In a statement released by its Convener, Ms. Ifeoyinla Jacobs, the foundation explained that the decision was prompted by an alarming level of fraud involving some Nigerian recipients of the scholarship scheme.

Scholarship Recipients

Jacobs alleged that the scholarship funds had not reached the intended beneficiaries in Nigeria, despite confirmations from both the state and the Nigerian arm of the charity that substantial payments had been made. The statement reads: “As we move forward, the organization has sought legal means to address the situation by filing a formal petition with the Nigeria Police Force. This is in contrast to taking matters into our own hands, as the false statements made about the organization could permanently damage its reputation.

“Our organization strongly believes in the need for a thorough investigation to end injustice in our society, ensuring equal access to justice by the relevant provisions of the law. “It is important to state unequivocally that our organization is aware of the legal and regulatory obligations conferred on Lagos State, and we trust that these obligations will be discharged with the utmost impartiality and adherence to the doctrine of the Rule of Law.

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“This negative statement could also be conveyed to the world, constituting defamation of character, which is an offence in Nigeria. This contravenes the provisions of the Criminal Code Act, the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention) Act, 2015, and all other relevant provisions of Nigerian laws, potentially harming the charity.

“The Impact and Inspire Initiative was established in 2014 and registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in line with the provisions of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020 and all relevant laws.

“Since 2014, the foundation has been assisting hundreds of vulnerable members of society free of charge, including the poor, needy, elderly, less-privileged, disabled, orphans, sick, widowed, oppressed, downtrodden, homeless, indigent, and students.

“It is important to note that all recipients who met the charity’s requirements received their scholarship funds, which were duly sent to their respective educational or vocational institutions. All payments for scholarship funds were made to the legitimate institutions of the charity’s scholarship recipients.”

Chidalu Glory

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