ICPC Arrests Six Officials Over Extortion


Six of the officials supervising the on-going Senior Secondary School Examination being conducted by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) for prvate candidates in Ogun State have been arrested by the Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

The officials who were arrested for alleged extortion of N500 each from candidates writing the examination are now at the State Police Command Headquarters in Elewe-eran, Abeokuta, Southwest Nigeria.

A police source confirmed to our correspondent that the ICPC operatives came from Abuja to effect the arrest with the help of policemen from Igbeba in Ijebu-Ode yesterday.

The six officials were said to have been caught in the act while collecting N500 from each canditate of the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) at Anglican Comprehensive High School, Ikoto in Odogbolu Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Confirming the arrest, the Co-ordinator of ICPC Voluntary Corps in Ogun state, Mr Idris Abu told our correspondent that the officials were caught following a tip-off and have been handed over to the police.

According to Abu,”the suspects have been arrested and their matter has been taken over by the headquarters of ICPC.They will be moved to ICPC Headquarters in Abuja for another round of questioning and they will be charged to court immediately we complete the investigation.”

Our correspondent reliably gathered that the six officials of WAEC had collected N500 each from the students before they were being allowed to enter the examination hall.

According to the ICPC cordinator, the commision would do everything to ensure corruption was reduced to the barest minimum in the state and the country at large.

The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Olumuyiwa Adejobi told our correspondent that he had not got any information on the matter.

But a source at the command confirmed that the suspects were taken to Eleweran.

By Abiodun OnafuyeAbeokuta

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