The Principal of Community Secondary School, Okuru Ama in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area of Rivers State Pastor Sylvernus Toby has on the 6th of April, 2022 arraigned before a Magistrate Court sitting in Port Harcourt on two counts of conspiracy and criminality.
Toby and one Siyeofori Godspower who is the Community Development Committee Chairman of the Okuru Ama as well as other now at large are alleged to have beaten up one Blessing Oba a teacher at the said secondary school over her comment on WAEC fees been paid by students.
According to the charge, the School Principal, Pastor Sylvernus Toby is alleged to have hired the CDC chairman and others to beat up Madam Oba after she complained about the WAEC fees been collected by the Principal after the state government have reportedly paid for all the candidate for the examination.
The Defendants are alleged to have also threatened to kill the claimant after collecting her Automatic Teller Machine card and Mobile Phone wealth eight-two thousand naira as well as her leather pouch valued five thousand naira.
Chief Magistrate, Amadi Nna after listening to argument by the prosecution and defense counsels on the issue of bail, granted the accused bail at the sum of three hundred thousand naira with two shortee who must deposit two passport photograph.
Chief Magistrate Nna also ordered that the Principal must produce the second accused on the next adjourned date which is on the 7th of April, 2022.
Counsel to the Claimant, OC Higher King who is a Human Rights Advocate explained that the claimant was molested by the principal and the CDC chairman for just questioning the principal on extortion of WAEC fees.
The Rivers State Commissioner for Education, Professor Kaniye Ebeku had said the 14 principals of public schools delisted have been demoted and private schools delisted by WAEC may risk withdrawal of their approval certificate.
He emphasized that the state government had taken steps against examination malpractices in the past with the dismissal and suspension of Principals, staff and withdrawal of approval certificates of private schools involved in malpractice.
Professor Ebeku who told reporters that the ministry received the letter from WAEC and has already informed the schools affected, frowned that those at the head of affairs allowed such to happen.