By Okereke Wilson Ogbonnaya
A 46-year-old man and indigene of Ugeb in Yakur LGA of Cross River, Mr. Praise Sampson was arrested by the officers of Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) Izzi Division in the process of arranging a mercenary for his son during the recent concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Narrating the incident to Citizens’ Advocate, an eye witness, Mr. Christopher Olugbu said that on the fateful day, the accused person whose son was among the candidates for afternoon section arrived the center at 12 Apostle College prior to the period.
He said that following the man’s zealousness towards arranging a mercenary for his child, he began to approach people within the vicinity on how the boy could be helped inside examination hall until he ignorantly met one of the supervisors who gave him a rapt attention and immediately ordered for his arrest after his alleged intention was made known.
He said, “While the screening was going on, the man began to meet people over his intention as if examination misconduct had been legalized until he met the JAMB official who ordered for his arrest” he said.
According to Mr. Olugbu, the eagerness found in the man made some persons around to question his mental status as he did not wait at the school entrance like other parents and guardians rather he manoeuvered his way into the place meant for candidates where he was apprehended.
“The manner at which Mr. Praise walked into the screening section was another source of worry to many but I believe that he might have learnt his lesson in the hands of the security agents who arrested and took him to their Division” he said.
The school security guard who pleaded anonymity told us that initially, he mistook the accused person for an examination official, the notion which did not allow him to either confront or stop him at the gate before the arrest. He frowned at the man’s attitude which wanted to tamper with the fame already built by the institution.
The alleged impostor, in his part was found by our reporter pleading to the officers for leniency while promising to leave the examination center instantly, if he could be allowed.
The Commandant, NSCDC Ebonyi State Command, Mrs. Lucy Samu confirmed the incident and told us that the accused person who was arrested by her officers at Izzi Division had been transferred to the State Headquarters, Abakaliki for further interrogation.
She also warned other intending law violators to steer clear from the command as her men would not take it lightly with anyone caught in illicit activity.