Panic has gripped the management of the Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe, Bayelsa State, after its key officials including the Rector, Dr. Ineyi Douglas Ekpebu, were summoned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Ekpebu was asked to appear before the office of the EFCC in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, as part of investigations into alleged financial scam rocking the institution.
He was asked to come along with the school Bursar, Mr. James Neminebor, the Head of Audit, Mr. Denson Ojigbare, Mr. Abadani Woyengikuro and Mr. Zechariah Owutuamor.
They were asked to appear before the anti-graft agency on Thursday.
A letter of invitation dated January 20 and signed by Zonal Head, EFCC, Mr. David Inyang, said the rector and other suspects would be quizzed by the Officer Commanding, Economic Governance.
The letter which was addressed to Ekpebu said: “This office is currently investigating a case involving your school in which the need to obtain certain clarification from you and some of your officers had become imperative.”
The letter also asked them to come along with list of academic and non-academic employees showing their age, sex and state of origin among other things from 2009 till date.
They were also requested to furnish the agency with the list of all contracts awarded and executed by the institution from 2009 to date.
The contract list, according to the letter must show “contract sum, contract type, date of award, status, contractor, location, award letters and bill of quantities.”
Others are “mode of payment, vouchers, cash book, income and expenditure and cheques from 2009 to date.”
The development came about three months after unknown gunmen suspected to be assassins shot and killed a 35-year old senior employee of the institution, Mr. Frank Moses.
The deceased was attacked at Agudama, a suburb in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state amidst a protracted dispute between the labour union and the school management.
SOURCE: THE NATION