How my school’s principal was arrested —Adeleke

Fresh facts have emerged as to how police detectives arrested the principal of Ede Muslim High School I, Ede, Mr Khalid Abass, over the statement of results and testimonial of Senator Adeleke.

Adeleke, who clinched the party’s ticket in a keenly contested primary, held on July 21 in Osogbo, which was supervised by Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, had submitted his statement of results and testimonial signed by Abass to INEC.

The PDP standard-bearer told Saturday Tribune that he was aware of Wednesday’s arrest of the current principal of his alma mater within the school’s premises.

Speaking through his spokesperson, Mr Dele Adeleke, the lawmaker representing Osun West senatorial district in the National Assembly stated that: “I am aware of the arrest. He was taken to an Ede North police station where he wrote a statement before he was taken to Lagos.”

However, as of the time of filing this report, on Friday, credible sources within Ede Muslim High School informed Saturday Tribune that the principal had not been released.

Informed sources said there were alleged discrepancies in the documents submitted by Adeleke to the electoral body with the testimonial indicating that he spent three years in secondary school and sat for the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) organised by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the National Examination Council (NECO) in 1981.

The educational policy implemented for secondary school programme at that particular period was Form 1 to Form 5 and NECO as an examination body had not been established in 1981.

“Besides, despite finishing his secondary school education in 1981, the date on the testimonial reads 1988 and underneath the name of Ede Muslim High School was Osun State, which was only created out of the old Oyo State on August 27, 1991 by the regime of former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida.

“Similarly, the same person who endorsed the statement of results and dated it 24th of July, 2018 also signed the testimonial and backdated it to 1988,” one of the sources said.

When Saturday Tribune visited the school, located in Ede, on Thursday, one of the teachers who craved anonymity confirmed that police detectives came on Wednesday to arrest the principal, noting that the only issue raised by the security agents was the alleged discrepancy on the date of the testimonial signed by Mr Abass.

The teacher said further that the principal was taken away by the police in their vehicle to one of their stations in Ede.

The principal, he said, had yet to be sighted since his encounter with the police detectives.

An official of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in the state also confirmed the arrest.

“It is true that policemen from Lagos came to Ede Muslim High School. I was told by the teachers that the policemen came to investigate the secondary school certificate which Senator Ademola Adeleke submitted to INEC,” the NUT official said.

Author: NaijaRoko

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