No fewer than three principals of secondary schools in Nasarawa State have been arrested by the Nigerian Securities and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for alleged embezzlement of National Examination Council’s (NECO) registration fees of over 100 students.
Nasarawa State’s Commandant of NSCDC, Lawan Bashir, who made this known to newsmen in Lafia, said the affected schools are located in Agyaragu area of Obi Local Government, Awogoshen in Akwanga and Wakama in Nasarawa Eggon Local Government.
He said the intervention of men of the NSCDC led to the recovery of over N400, 000 from the principals, adding that parents of the students whose money was embezzled were not interested in pursuing the case but insisted on getting back their money.
While saying that the NECO examination has also witnessed the snatching of exam materials by hoodlums in some schools, the NSCDC Commandant said the students whose registration fees were embezzled were not allowed to sit for the annual examination.
His words: “More than 100 students of various secondary schools in Nasarawa State are not writing the ongoing National Examination Council (NECO) due to the embezzlement of their registration fees by their various principals”.
Meanwhile, the Special Assistant Media and Publicity to Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura , Ahmed Tukur, has expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the examination in all the 448 government secondary schools in the state despite the ongoing labour dispute.