Ogun uncovers N200m WAEC fees fraud

Four suspects have already been arrested.

The Ogun State Government has uncovered a fraud of about N200 million in the management of the fees paid for secondary school students sitting for the West African Examination Council, WAEC, examination

Following the discovery, four officials have been arrested by the police and are currently helping with on-going investigations.

The Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, has described the incident as “a disturbing development.”

“Education is number one on the five-cardinal programme of our administration and that is why we are investing so much to rebuild the sector. Officials who think they can divert funds meant for this important sector are in for a surprise,” Mr. Adeoluwa said. “Anybody, who is implicated in this scam, will be made to face the full wrath of the law.”

An investigation by PREMIUM TIMES showed that the fraud was perpetrated by inflating the list of candidates in public schools. The state government was then made to pay for candidates from private schools or tutorial centres while the fees paid by the proprietors of the schools or centres were siphoned into personal bank accounts operated by the suspects. The bank accounts being used to defraud the government have been traced.

This criminal act by the unscrupulous officials was carried out in at least three academic sessions. Apart from those already arrested, other suspects are being investigated for their roles in the fraud.

The Amosun Administration had, between 2011 and 2013, paid about N1 billion to WAEC, including the arrears inherited from the previous administration.

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