Nollywood veteran actor turned educationist — Emeka Ike, has had his school, St. Nicholas College, located at No.1, Raji Olamideji Crescent, Magodo returned to him.
The school was shutdown by court orders some weeks back; but according to his spokesman, Great Imo, Emeka Ike can now breathe a sigh of relief as his school is back in business at the same venue.
“Like we have stated, St. Nicholas College was never shut by any authority. So, please disregard the report in the social media. There is a calculated attempt here to run down respected Nigerian celebrities who have their names to protect. The school is still there, pending when it will move to its permanent site. Emeka Ike is not just an A-list actor, he is a brand. If you go to South Africa, Britain, France and the US, his opinion about Nigeria counts. He is one man who represents the country well. So, why must he be rubbished by faceless writers? “We say in totality the story is false. Yes, there was an issue arising from a kangaroo court judgement which has been vacated because the possession of the said property is still in the care of Emeka Ike. The school was never shut at any time. “St. Nicholas College is still there, because that is where Emeka Ike has taken a long lease. The school signboard is still there because that is where the Lagos State government gazetted the school. We have not announced any relocation. If there is any development, we would tell you. Schools are in session. Those saying otherwise are deliberately undermining the millions the school owners have invested there over the years. Emeka Ike has invested millions of naira in the school so as to give the best education to Nigerians,” Imo said in a press statement released today.
According to earlier report, Emeka Ike was said to have had a running battle in regards to the school for the past 5 years, during which period he refused to pay a dime to the property owners.
The actor and his wife had also been engaged in several unconfirmed allegations during the 5 years period such as none payment of salaries as at when due to the staff & teachers of the school.
Reports even say that he preferred employing unqualified & non professional teachers in a school, where parents were paying exorbitant school fees thinking they were getting the best of education and more.
So bad was the situation at the school at a point, that many parts of building were said to have been in a state of disrepair.
At a point, it was alleged, that only 13 students remained in the school, as others had been withdrawn by their parents.
Although everything finally came to a head last week, when court bailiffs acting under instructions took possession of the school.
Just before shutting it down, they were reported to have packed away a few of the valuables that were still in the school, like the school bus, a few air-conditioners and some furniture, and the things which weren’t carted away were left lying outside the school premises.