Wednesday, 28 September 2016

N26m fraud Case rock Federal College of Education (FCE) Zaria - Report

According to an online news media site, Punch News, the Nigerian Police and the Authority of the Federal College of Education, Zaria, Kaduna State Northern Nigeria. Have commence the investigation into how the registration fees paid by 1, 128 students through banks were not credited to the institution’s account.
Online source learnt that more than N26m paid by the students in some banks in Zaria, Kaduna state, was not credited in the school’s account.
The source said that a cross section of affected students, who names can not be mention, said they believed that it was an organized fraud perpetrated by the staff of a first generation bank and the college.
In their words they said, “I personally paid my money at the bank’s main branch in Sabon Gari, but to my greatest dismay, they said my money was not credited to the FCE’s account.
“As I am talking to you now, my name is not captured as a registered student and I am not the only person affected.
 “Over 1,000 students are now facing a similar problem, and all categories of students are affected,” the student said.
Another student of the FCE said he also paid through the same bank, adding, “I have the payment teller and the registration slip with me, however, they said I have not registered.”
Source said, a large number of affected student have been left stranded.
Words from the Federal College of Education Zaria, confirmed the incident and said the school management will take action.
In his words he said, “The management had constituted a committee under the chairmanship of the College Bursar, Mohammed Sani-Uwais, to thoroughly investigate the matter and report to the management.”
According to source, the chairman said, the payments made by the 1, 128 students were not credited to the institution Treasury Singular Account.
He said that 82 other students also had irregular records of payment.
Source said, Sani Uwais said 99% of the victims paid their money through the first generation bank located in the Sabon Gari area of Zaria City.
The Bursary of the Institution said, “This is a serious issue. As such, we reported the case to the police and they (police) advised us to come back and set up an investigation committee to investigate the matter; which we did.
“We have gone a long way in discharging our responsibilities.
“When a student appears before us, we ask him how he made the payment whom he paid to and if he could identify the person he paid to.
“We want to establish where the problem is; also who and who are involved in the shoddy deal and report to the management for further action.”
Source learnt that Sani-Uwais alleged that an attempt had been made on his life as a result of the investigation.
Officials of the affected bank did not respond to inquiries on the matter, but according to an online media source, a reliable source said that the major suspect had resigned before the case was made public.
Source said the spokesperson for the Kaduna State Police Command, Aliyu Usman, confirmed that the case was reported to the Zaria Area Command and that the investigation into the matter had begun.