WAEC Fees Scam: School Principal Nabbed For Defrauding Students Of Millions


An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court, on Monday heard the case of a 42-year old school principal, Michael Diekola, who allegedly defrauded his school of N1.2 million.

Michael Diekola, Principal of a private school — Queen Diana College, Oke Odo, Abule Egba, is being tried for fraud and stealing.

Mr. Ogu, a police inspector, said the accused collected N1.2 million from students under the pretext of enrolling them for the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

The accused bolted with the money and all efforts to locate him were unsuccessful until he was sighted by one of the teachers and was immediately apprehended.

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The prosecutor, Clifford Ogu, told the court that the accused, who lives at 8, Alirat Badejo St., Oke Odo, Abule Egba, a suburb of Lagos, committed the offence sometime in July 2014.

The offences violated Sections 285 (1) and 312 (1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. The accused denied the charge. The Chief Magistrate, Taiwo Akanni, in her ruling, granted the school principal bail of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.

She ordered the accused to pay N250,000 into the court’s Chief Registrar’s account as part of the bail conditions. The case was adjourned to June 6 for mention.

Meanwhile, last week in Rivers State, the Rivers State Senior Secondary Schools Board suspended the principal of Community Girls Secondary School, Ogbakiri Chibuzo Enyinda indefinitely for allegedly diverting WAEC registration fee meant for thirty-five students to his personal use.

Chairman of the Board, David Briggs disclosed this during a meeting between community members, parents of the affected students and members of the board.

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Briggs ordered that Enyinda’s matter be directed to a disciplinary committee that would advise on what next to do. He also assured parents of the affected students that the board would give special attention to their WAEC registration in subsequent occasions.