Legitimate Universities in Nigeria Approved By NUC

List of 67 Illegitimate Universities in Nigeria And Their Locations

Last updated on August 5th, 2023 at 09:10 pm


On Tuesday, November 2, 2021, the Executive Secretary of the National University Commission (NUC) Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed advised Nigerians to be wary of illegal institutions in Nigeria.

To put aspiring students and their guardians on red alert, he made available the full list of approved universities in Nigeria including the federal, state, and privately-owned institutions.

In September, NUC released the full list of illegal institutions in the country.


They are:

Name Location Note
National University of Nigeria Keffi, Nasarawa Proprietor is facing prosecution for illegal collection of fees
L.I.F.E. Leadership University Benin City, Edo State Founder is facing prosecution
Royal University of Theology Minna, Niger State
Kaduna Business School Kaduna
Coastal University Iba Oku, Akwa Ibom Not approved
Gospel Missionary Foundation (GMF), Theological University Egbe Ikotun, Lagos State
National University of Technology Lafia, Nasarawa State
West African Union University, in collaboration with International Professional College of Administration, Science and Technology Multiple study centres
University of West Africa Kwali, FCT, Abuja
African University Cooperative Development (AUCD) Cotonou, Benin Republic Multiple locations Dubious and illicit institution
Irish University Business School, London Multiple campuses Targeted at Nigerians who have preference for foreign institutions
Volta University College Aba, Abia State Founder declared wanted
Illegal Satellite Campuses of Ambrose Alli University
Temple University Abuja
Southend University Ngwuro Egeru (Afam) Ndoki, Rivers
Metro University Dutse/Bwari Abuja
Federal College of Complementary and Alternative Medicine FCT, Abuja
Olympic University Nsukka, Enugu State
Filfom University Mbaise, Imo State
Kingdom of Christ University Abuja
Saint Clements University, Iyin Ekiti, Ekit State Founder is facing prosecution
Acada University Akinlalu, Oyo State
Lead Way University Ugheli, Delta
Halifax Gateway University Ikeja, Lagos State This also runs campuses in other locations
Concept College/Universities (London) Ilorin, Kwara State They have centres in other locations
 Atlas University Ikot Udoso Uko in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State
West Coast University Umuahia, Abia State Illegal collection of fees
St. Andrews University College Abuja
The International University, Missouri USA Kano and Lagos
EC-Council USA  Ikeja, Lagos Study Centre
Bolta University College Aba, Abia State
West African Christian University Multiple campuses
Christ Alive Christian Seminary and University Enugu State Owner is facing prosecution
Western University Esie, Kwara State
Collumbus University, UK
JBC Seminary Inc. (Wukari Jubilee University) Kaduna illegal campus
Pilgrims University Unspecified
Richmond Open University  Arochukwu, Abia State Founder is facing prosecution
Saint Augustine’s University of Technology Jos, Plateau State
Tiu International University, UK Centres spread across Nigeria
UNESCO University Ndoni, Rivers State The founder uses globally-recognised name to dupe unsuspecting aspiring Nigerian students
Pebbles University, UK Centres spread across Nigeria
United Nigeria University College Okija, Anambra
Samuel Ahmadu University Makurdi, Benue State
University of Accountancy and Management Studies
Christians of Charity American University of Science and Technology Nkpor, Anambra
University of Industry Yaba, Lagos State
University of Applied Sciences and Management, Port Novo, Republic of Benin
Blacksmith University Awka
London External Studies, UK Several campuses
Volta University College, Volta Region, Ghana Not authorised to operate in Nigeria
Royal University Izhia in Abakaliki, Ebonyi
United Christian University, Macotis campus Imo State
Atlanta University Anyigba, Kogi
University of Accountancy and Management Studies Mowe, Ogun State
North Central University Otukpo, Benue State Owner is facing court actions
Pacific Western University, Denver – Colorado Owerri, Imo State Fake
University of Education, Wenneba, Ghana Multipe campuses Illegal
Houdegbe North American University campuses in Nigeria Multiple campuses
Atlantic Intercontinental University Okija, Anambra State
Lobi Business School Makurdi, Benue State
Enugu State University of Science and Technology Gboko Campus Illegal study centre
Open International University Akure, Ondo State
Evangel University of America and Chudick Management Academic Lagos
Middle Belt University (North Central University) Otukpo, Benue State
Cape Coast University, Ghana Multiple campuses Fake
Career Light Resources Centre Jos
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Some of the illegal universities purposely use foreign names or claim to be affiliated with foreign universities to make Nigerians believe.

Nigerians are also advised to make inquiries or check the updated list of universities that have approval from the government agency in charge.


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