PRESIDENTIAL PANEL INVITES ALLEGED CORRUPT DELTA COMMISSIONER AND POLYTECHNIC OFFICIALS FOR FRAUD

Reports reaching Trail Reporters News room revealed that there is serious trouble for some top ranking serving officials of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration as documents sighted by our correspondents shows that the Special Presidential Investigation Panel on Recovery of Public Properties headed by Chief Obono Obla Okoi is currently investigating alleged fraud and properties purchased with looted funds amounting to several billions of Naira by alleged looters in Delta State Polytechnic, Oghara, including the Hon. Commissioner for Higher Education, Delta State, Hon. Jude Sinebe.

Letters of invitations dated 8th December, 2017 by the Special Presidential Panel On Recovery of Public Property sighted by our Reporters in Asaba, Delta State Capital clearly showed that the following persons’ names were on the the list of those invited which include the Governing Council Chairman of Delta State Polytechnic, Oghara, Chief (Barr.) Andy K. Osawota, Barr. Brave Enodeh (Governing Council Member), Chief (Mrs) Pat Ejeteh (Governing Council Member), Chief J. B Oduma(Governing Council Member).

Other persons invited whose names appear on the list sighted on the invitation letter includes the Deputy Rector, Delta State Polytechnic, Oghara, Mr. Nana Joseph, the Registrar, Delta State Polytechnic, Oghara, Mr. Benson Omonode, the Bursar, Mr. Napoleon Akpubi, the Chief Librarian, Mr Stephen Clarke and a former Director of Projects in Delta State Polytechnic, Oghara, Engr. Dickson Eghwatore. Very reliable sources within the Ministry of Higher Education, Delta State, confirmed to our Reporters that the Immediate past Rector of Delta State Polytechnic, Oghara, Mrs. Clara Sogbaike, who is the main principal suspect, was also invited alongside the Hon. Commissioner for Higher Education, Delta State, Hon. Jude Sinebe by the Special Presidential Panel to answer allegations of corrupt enrichment and diversion of public funds amounting to over N3 billion.

Trail Reporters learnt that, the above mentioned persons were all invited to appear before the Presidential Panel on the 15th January, 2018, but all of them deliberately refused to honour the Presidential invitation for fear of not being detained, but however succeeded in sending their lawyer the next day to officially plead for an extension of time for the suspects to appear before the Presidential Panel to respond to allegations of corruption, citing several unsubstantiated lies as excuse. Our medium gathered that 5th of March 2018 was rescheduled for all the suspects to appear before the Presidential Panel.

In another development, our medium was reliably informed that a motion for Stay of Execution filed in High Court of Justice, Oghara, Delta State, by the immediate past Rector of Delta State Polytechnic, Oghara, Dr.(Mrs.) Clara Sogbaike, the Registrar, Mr. Benson Omonode and the Bursar, Mr. Napoleon Akpubi against Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and Mr. Osiobe Ovie to prevent their arrest and prosecution was yesterday the 16th January, 2018 dismissed in a Ruling delivered by a High Court Judge sitting in Oghara, Delta State, thereby giving the nod to ICPC to arrest Clara Sogbaike and others without further delay.

We gathered that, Clara Sogbaike and two others had filed a Fundamental Human Right Suit against ICPC in Court in 2015 to prevent their investigation over alleged fraud perpetrated in Delta State Polytechnic, Oghara and the Suit was later dismissed for lacking in merit in April 2017. Trail Reporters gathered that Clara Sogbaike and two other Applicants immediately filed a Notice of Appeal in Court of Appeal, Benin-City and filed a motion for a Stay of Execution of the High Court judgment delivered in Oghara, which was yesterday also dismissed, paving the way for their arrest and prosecution. Our correspondents were also informed that Clara Sogbaike has vowed not to go down alone if she is not protected from investigation and prosecution by Chief (Barr.) Osawota led Governing Council of Delta State Polytechnic and the Hon. Commissioner for Higher Education, Delta State, who are also beneficiaries of her fraud.

Efforts to contact a top source within the Special Presidential Investigation Panel On Recovery of Public Property to comment on the matter proved abortive.

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