No fewer than fifty-five universities were listed on the National Universities Commission (NUC) 2014 List of Illegal Universities in Nigeria, with a further eight currently being investigated.
According to the NUC, the listed universities are 'Degree Mills' which are "not been licensed by the Federal Government and have, therefore, been closed down for violating the Education (National Minimum Standards etc.) Act CAP E3 Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
The Commission warned the public not to do business with the listed institutions.
"For the avoidance of doubt, anybody who patronises or obtains any certificate from any of these illegal institutions does so at his or her own risk.
"Certificates obtained from these sources will not be recognised for the purposes of NYSC, employment, and further studies. The relevant Law enforcement agencies have also been informed for their further necessary action," the announcement further read.
The NUC List of Illegal Universities in Nigeria 2014:
The following are currently undergoing further investigations and/or ongoing court actions.
The NUC added that the list will be updated periodically.