The National Technical Examinations Board NABTEB has decried the vandalization and sealing up of its zonal office by unidentified armed men in Abuja.
Addressing Journalists in Abuja, The Principal Legal Officer of NABTEB, Mrs Shirley Imandojemu said the federal government had lost millions of naira as a result of the activities of the armed men.
Mrs Imandojemu stated that On Friday night, the 12th July, 2019 at about 8:00pm, unidentified men stormed the NABTEB Office at Wuse II, Abuja, and claimed to be from the Inspector General of Police Special Tactical squad Force Headquarters, Abuja.
She explained that the armed men who later said they were security officers from the Nigeria Police arrested two of the Boards Security Officers and a staff, detained them and locked them up .The staff were released on Sunday, 14thJuly, 2019’’.
According to Mrs Imandojemu ‘’On Saturday, 13th July, 2019 in the afternoon, two vehicles with about 20 armed men stormed the premises of NABTEB. They ,broke the earlier keys they used in sealing up the office and re-entered the premises of the Board and vandalized the building: the air conditioners were removed from their sockets, while other items in the offices were moved. The symbol/logo of NABTEB which was displayed on the fence of the premises was painted over and they locked up the premises again’’.
She said The Director, at the Zonal Office Mrs. Ruth Popoola who was asked to report at the SARS Office at the Old Abattoir Road, Area One to make enquiries about the cause of the arrest was also detained.’’
According to the principal, Legal Officer of NABTEB , the Director was subjected to unnecessary harassment and psychological trauma which resulted to ill health and hospitalization. Since the incidence, staff of the Board have not been able to access the office to carry out their lawful duties and all examination activities have been grounded’’.
‘’On enquiries after the release of the staff, one of the security Officers stated that he was told that he was arrested because the NABTEB property has been bought and that the Management of NABTEB refused to vacate the property’’.
As a law abiding entity, NABTEB took this matter to court and we refrain from making any comments or taking any actions that might be prejudicial to the pending proceedings.
‘’we have already reported the matter to the supervisory Ministry which is the Federal Ministry of Education. We have also written a petition to the Inspector General of Police to quickly intervene and restrain these alleged officers from further interference with NABTEB’s property and unlock our offices to allow our staff unfettered access in order to perform their lawful duties.
“We shall also file contempt proceedings against the Defendants’’. She added.