By E.I Ihegwuruike
Concerned stakeholders of the Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, under the umbrella of ‘Integrity group’ have petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to determine how books donated to the Polytechnic were converted as ones procured with TETFUND intervention.
The group said Rector of the institution, Prof. Ezionye Eboh and his management team have converted books donated to the Polytechnic and presented them as procured with TETFUND intervention.
The books as gathered were donated to the institution by ‘Books for Africa’ (BFA) and Sir Emeka Offor Foundation in 2012, but were later defaced, mutilated and presented as books sponsored by Tetfund intervention 2014/2015.
Impeccable sources at the Polytechnic said the official stamp of the original donors, ‘BFA’ and Sir Emeka Offor Foundation were defaced and replaced with the Tetfund 2014/2015 intervention stamp to deceive the Tetfund auditors and inspectors.
Integrity group, in the petition titled; Fraudulent Conversion of free books donated by a donor to Tetfund books: A case against the Rector Abia State Polytechnic, Aba and his management and signed by Nwachinemere Ajaegbu Ogubundu, listed other officials of the institution involved in the fraud.
The list includes: Mr. Friday Omenihu(Bursar),Mrs Comfort Nwabughiogu(Registrar), Mr. Ndulaka Chigozie (Ag. Librarian), and Dr. Njike Chigbu (Tetfund desk officer) and urged the EFCC to act without delay.
Part of the petition reads, “The 2014/2015 Tetfund library intervention for books for the Abia State polytechnic library was privately pocketed by the Rector and his management team.
“To cover their evil track, they converted books donated by ‘Books for Africa (BFA) and Sir Emeka Offor Foundation in 2012 to books sponsored by Tetfund intervention 2014/2015.
“The fraud was perpetrated through wilful defacing and mutilation of the labels and stamp of the original donors and replacing them to deceive Tetfund auditors and inspectors.”
All efforts made to reach the Polytechnic’s Rector, Prof. Ezionye Eboh, failed as he did not respond to repeated calls made to his mobile.
FROM THE TOWER OF TRUTH