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Exam fraud: It’s a set up –Rep’s aide

The last may not have been heard in the case of Hon. Nkiru Onyejeocha, a member of the House of Representatives allegedly involved in examination malpractice.

Less than 24 hours after Daily Sun broke the story, Hon. Onyejeocha allegedly mobilized an aide to storm Umuahia over the matter.
The aide has contacted the local government chairman, Mr. Dan Okoli; leadership of Abia State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the state’s Commissioner of Police.

Reliable sources told Sunday Sun that the aide first met with Mr. Okoli, who in turn took him to top officials of the State CID and the CP on Friday.
“Hon. Onyejeocha has already mobilized one of her top aides in Abuja to Umuahia over the matter. She sent a man from Abuja on Friday, who met with Dan Okoli and the State CID. Later, they went to meet the CP and stayed there till 6p.m.

“Thereafter, they lodged at Eastern Comfort Hotel, Umuahia. But we are watching and waiting,” the source said.
On Thursday, Chetachi Obi, aide to the lawmaker representing the Isuikwuato/Umunneochi Federal Constituency, was arrested for allegedly writing the ongoing Nov/Dec NABTEB examination for her boss.
But she claimed her arrest was a set up by political opponents of her boss.

Obi and the examination invigilator were arrested at Unique Comprehensive High School, Isuochi, following a tip-off from those who alleged that Obi had been writing the examination for the lawmaker daily since November 10.
However, the police in Abia State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) have said investigation into the arrest of Obi was ongoing.
A team of policemen from the command would be dispatched to the Benin office of the National Business and Technical Examinations Board this week to find out if the honourable member registered for the examination or not.
Impeccable police source, who pleaded anonymity, disclosed yesterday that since the examination body had no office in Abia, the command would dispatch a team to Benin, which is the board’s headquarters, to cross-check issues regarding the allegation against Obi, who has been released on bail.

“We don’t want to be seen trading words with the suspect. This is not the first paper she is writing the examination. You know politicians; they are only trying to launder their image.
“We are still investigating the matter. NABTEB has no office in the state. We will go to Benin on working days to carry on with the investigation,” our source said.
Meanwhile, Obi, who briefed journalists in Umuahia, claimed she was called by an unknown person to come to the Unique Comprehensive High School centre for the examination, and was arrested by policemen, who took her to the State CID, Umuahia.

She said those who saw what was going on between her and the police even thought she was being kidnapped.
“What happened two days ago was unfortunate. The incident made me understand how desperate people who want to be in power can be. I was in ABSU, where I was doing my registration for a Law admission I gained when somebody called me that I had an urgent message from my boss. I went as the person asked me to come to the examination centre at Unique Comprehensive High School. When I got there, somebody came out from the hall and asked me if I am Onyejenze and I asked if there was any problem, and they asked me to wait. They said they were there for me and that I should give them my car key, which I obeyed under threat, and they took me to Umunneochi police station in their white Mercedes Benz car, from where they took me to State CID Umuahia.

“There, I was shown a letter from the Commissioner of Police said to have been written by Isuochi people against my boss. When I asked to see the petitioner, they refused to show me and said it was a high profile case in which two elephants are fighting and that I would be the grass. I was refused bail on Thursday and was granted bail on Friday between 5:30 and 6p.m. Those who arrested me are DSP Onyemauche and one officer from Legal Department of State CID,” Obi said.

She threatened to take the police and all the newspapers that publicized the allegation to court for redress.
She stated that her boss did not enter for any NABTEB examination, having obtained her WASC, Diploma and Master’s degree from Imo State University.

-Vanguard

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