Police arrest more suspects over Ogun N200million WAEC fees fraud

The State Commissioner of Education has denied any prior knowledge of the fraud. 

The Ogun State Police Command has arrested at least 22 people in connection with the N200million West African Examination Council (WAEC) fee fraud as at Thursday, police and state sources have said.

The additional arrests came just as the Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Segun Odubela, distanced himself from the fraud.

Officials of the ministry allegedly connived with some secondary schools to inflate the number of students registered for the WAEC examination in order to defraud the state which is paying for the examinations.

Mr. Odubela said he was never aware of the fraud until it was uncovered. He asked members of the public to furnish the police with necessary information that will assist it unravel the mystery behind the fraud detected in his ministry.

The commissioner added that the state government will not condone any form of fraudulent practices that may hinder its massive investment in the education sector.

According to sources, the people arrested by the police include a director and an assistant director in the Ministry; as well as the Zonal Education Officers in the 20 local government areas of the state .PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the suspects were taken to the state police headquarters at Eleweran, Abeokuta for interrogation.

The state government had on Tuesday said it uncovered the huge fraud connected with the payment of WAEC fees for students in its secondary schools. The fraud was allegedly perpetrated by some officials of the state Ministry of Education and spanned at least three academic sessions.

Confirming the latest arrest, the Ogun Police Command Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said the command had arrested some officials in the Education sector and that they were being interrogated by men of the state Criminal Investigation Department, CID.

It was also gathered that the police may soon arrest principals of certain public schools across the state in connection with the alleged fraud.


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