Despite all efforts to clean the education sector of corrupt practices, more appalling details has uncovered how the Rector of Delta State Polytechnic, Oghara, Dr. (Mrs) Clara Sogbaike turned the institution into a business centre.
In a high powered petition written by a lecturer, Mr Osiobe Ovie to President Muhammadu Buhari, Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and Inspector General of Police (IGP), he listed the numerous atrocities committed by the Rector.
According to him, the Rector has her partners in crime in the persons of the Registrar, Mr Benson Omonode and the Bursar, Mr Napoleon Akpubi, who connived to loot over N1 billion from the Polytechnic coffers, including awarding fake Result and Certificates to students as against National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) courses, approval and accreditation reports and extorted N5,500 each from over N70,000 (Seventy Thousand) students to carry out fake life policy insurance for the student.
According to the lecturer, he was kidnapped on the orders of the Rector for exposing these crimes. Mr. Osiobe alleged that the Rector, Registrar and Bursar has since August 2014 resisted arrest by the Police Force Headquarters Abuja with the aid of a court injunction which the Police Legal Department in Asaba has deliberately refused to vacate the order since September 22nd 2014 to date. In the petition, he stated that some very Senior Police Officers both in Police State Command Asaba and Zone 5 Benin City aided, abetted, conspired and protected these corrupt principal officers of the polytechnic from being prosecuted.
Mr. Osiobe also alleged that the Rector, Registrar, and Bursar are also being investigated by the Independent Corrupt Practice And Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC). Mr. Osiobe Ovie further alleged that the commission has been sued by the same Rector and two others for alleged infringement of their Fundamental Human Right in Asaba High Court of Justice. The lecturer noted that Sobgaike is only trying to scuttle Police and ICPC investigations into their alleged crimes. Most notable amongst her crimes is her involvement/link in the sponsorship of ammunitions, bullets, guns and other dangerous weapons to some students/staff who were involved in cultism, robbery and unlawful possession of firearms. A staff of Delta State Polytechnic, Engr. Dickson Eghwatore and four other students were arrested for cultism/robbery and unlawful possession of firearms in Oghara Police Divisional Headquarters, Delta State in October 2014.
The lecturer alleged that the offence being a capital offence ought to have been transferred to Asaba Police Headquarters for further investigation, but the case was silenced by the Divisional Police office in Oghara with the interference of their sponsor, Sogbaike. She did not expelled the students involved in the crime neither did she query/dismiss Engr. Dickson Eghwatore (The staff of the Polytechnic indicted in the crime). Instead she alongside the management of the school concealed the crime for over one year until Eghwatore was re-arrested on 22nd October 2015 on the directives of the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase.
Bullets, Guns, Daggers and other dangerous weapons have been recovered by crack operatives of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad Abuja. Some of the other suspects are still at large while investigation is ongoing. Mr. Osiobe alleged that several petitions he wrote to the Delta State Government through the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Festus Ovie Agas were unattended to and even several text messages sent to both the telephone lines of the Governor and SSG fell on deaf ears.
Osiobe affirmed to our reporter that since the Rector and those she stole the money with could not kill him, they terminated his appointment as a lecturer unlawfully with the active connivance of the former Commissioner for Higher Education, Delta State, Prof. Hope Eghagha, the Permanent Secretary and Director of Higher Education, Delta State, who all benefitted form the looting of the school.