THE Enugu State Police Command has arrested a permanent secretary and three other suspects over the burglary last week at the accounts department of Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board (ENSUBEB).
The Guardian gathered yesterday that vital documents may have been removed from the accounts department.
ENSUBEB, with Mrs. Ethel Ezeabasili as chairman, has been in the public glare for sometime following reports of an alleged mismanagement of over N380 million deducted from local council account to address certain issues in primary education in the state.
It was learnt that its alleged shady activities caused the strained relationship between ENSUBEB and Education Trust Fund (ETF).
Part of the allegations being levelled against the board was that newly recruited teachers have not been paid for over six months, while some old teachers are deliberately denied their salaries and some over-paid, all in a bid by the board to frustrate the contract awarded to a company, “Blue Horizon” to computerise workers’ salaries and have a common portal.
Late last year, the state House of Assembly had summoned the board over the missing fund and had since commenced investigation on the matter before last week’s robbery incident.
Public Relations Officer (PRO) of ENSUBEB, Okechukwu Anyaji, confirmed that arrests have been made in connection with the robbery case.
“We came to work in the morning and we were told not to enter our offices. Actually, it appeared some people broke into the office through one of the toilets. It appeared that some offices were tampered with like the accounts department and offices of two permanent members and the police invited the people in those offices over. But I don’t know what and what were removed from the offices. You can see that I am in my own office. Nothing was tampered with in my office,” Anyaji said.
Also, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Enugu, Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed that investigation into the incident has begun, adding that four persons were being interrogated.
“Information revealed that the office was broken into but details of what was removed are being awaited before your request”, Amaraizu said.