Fugitive Fort Hare Professor Edwin Ijeoma arrested

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  • Professor Edwin Ijeoma, who was suspended for allegedly defrauding the university of Fort Hare, has been arrested.
  • The university laid criminal charges against Ijeoma for the irregular admission and registration of two students, including Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane.
  • It is understood that he was arrested for allegedly using a car without the owner's consent.

Fugitive University of Fort Hare employee, Professor Edwin Ijeoma, has been arrested in the Eastern Cape, according to the Hawks.

News24 understands that Ijeoma, who was wanted in connection with allegations that he defrauded the university, was arrested for using a car without the consent of the owner in Bhisho.

READ | Fort Hare university lays charges against fugitive professor linked to Premier Oscar Mabuyane

The academic has been on the run since March, when the university laid criminal charges against him following the allegedly irregular admission of two students.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Yolisa Mgolodela confirmed that Ijeoma had been arrested in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday, but referred further queries to the Eastern Cape SA Police Service.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana said in a statement that Bhisho police arrested a 55-year-old man in King William's Town on Tuesday at around 17:45. This man is believed to be Ijeoma.

"The suspect was charged for using a motor vehicle without the consent of the owner. He is expected to appear [in the] Zwelitsha Magistrate's Court [on Thursday]," Kinana said.

The university laid criminal charges against Ijeoma for the allegedly irregular admission and registration of two students, including Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane. Ijeoma supervised the premier.

When asked for comment, Mabuyane's spokesperson, Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha, said: "[The] premier was not enrolled by him but by the university. He is the student of the university and not the student of a professor of the university."

It is also alleged that Ijeoma irregularly registered axed health MEC Sindiswa Gomba for an honours degree in public administration.

Ijeoma resigned in February after he was suspended for allegedly defrauding the university.

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