Eagle-eyed men of Abia State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) have arrested one Chetachi Obi , the Personal Assistant (PA) to a member representing the state at the National Assembly, (names withheld) for alleged examination fraud.
Obi was arrested with another woman suspected to be the invigilator for allegedly sitting for the current Nov/Dec NABTEB examination for her boss.
Obi and the invigilator were arrested at Unique Comprehensive High School , Isuochi following a tip-off from those who have observed that Obi had been writing the examination daily since it started on November 10.
Obi , who has been coming to the exam hall in her private Volkswagen Golf car, was arrested and her car impounded and parked at Isuochi police station.
She was arrested yesterday while she was sitting for Mathematics, in connivance with the invigilator.
A source said detectives had laid siege for Obi , When the police got to Umunneochi in a white Mercedes Benz salon car, marked , KADUNA AE 378 KGK, they reported at the police station as men who are on surveillance.
â€œUnknown to Obi that danger was lurking inside the school , she drove into the school in her Golf car as usual , and sat down for the dayâ€™s business. Not quite five minutes into the exercise, the detectives arrested her.
Speaking to Daily Sun on the matter, the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), for the state CID, Mr Joseph MicLoth, confirmed the arrests, stating that he was yet to be briefed on the matter and he would in turn brief his boss, the commissioner, before investigation continues.
â€œThe matter was reported to me and I detailed my men for the arrest. It is true that they have been arrested , but we have been on a meeting since morning. Now that I am back to the office, they will come and brief me and I in turn will go and brief my boss, the state Commissioner of Police. There is nothing else I can tell you gentlemen nowâ€, MicLoth said. Details of the examination are as follows. Exam: NABTEB., Centre: Unique Comprehensive High School, Isuochi.,Year of Examination: Nov./Dec, 20011., Centre Code: 01060., Candidateâ€™s No: 01060085., Name of Candidate: (Repâ€™s name withheld by us). The picture of the honorable member is also attached to her examination card, showing that she was the one that entered for the examination , but ironically , her PA, Chetachi Obi was the one that had been sitting for the exams for her since the exercise started.
Our investigation shows that the lawmaker, who is a committee chairman, presented a diploma certificate and Masters degree to the National Assembly as her qualifications. One wonders what she would be doing with a NABTEB Certificate if her claim is true. The suspects who are being held at the state CID are yet to make statements , a police source said , as Daily Sun observed that a particular man was following the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) in charge of the case, probably in an effort to settle the matter out of the official process.
After several attempts to get the lawmaker on her mobile phone when she finally picked up her call at about 7 pm last night, she claimed that it was a wrong number. Before she said it was wrong number, she had demanded for the reasons for the call and she was duly informed. She also asked for the name of the town where the test took place and she was told the examination held at a town called Isuochi in Abia State.