BY Emma Amaize & Akpokona Omafuaire
…It’s not true – PTI spokesman
WARRI – POLICEMEN and officials of Delta State Board of Internal Revenue, DBIR, who went to Petroleum Training Institute, PTI, Effurun, yesterday, to arrest the Chief Accountant over alleged tax fraud of N3.59 billion were allegedly held hostage by irate students and officials.
But, a public affairs officer of the school, who said he was not around in the school when the incident took place, denied that policemen and DBIR officials on ‘operation clamp down on tax defaulters,’ were held hostage.
It was gathered that one of the institution’s security officials raised an alarm, which attracted the students and other staff, when he found out that the DBIR team was bent on arresting one of the accountants in the absence of the Chief Accountant, who failed to honour an earlier invitation by the police at Asaba.
A top official of one of the new generation banks and two company executives were arrested, in Warri , earlier on Monday, while PTI was directed to send a representative to meet with the Commissioner of Police, Asaba, the next day, following an appeal by its counsel.
It was alleged that the PTI official ordered the institution’s security team to lock up the main entrance while the students molested the driver of the unmarked Toyota car, belonging to the revenue team.
It took the police team and the intervention of the mobile policemen on guard in the school to secure the release of an unmarked car. However, the legal consultant to the school, Mr O. Oghenejakpo, who rushed to the scene, insisted that the case was in court.
Mr Clark Ekpebe, Legal Officer to Chairman of DBIR, said, “it is disturbing that an institution with the status of PTI could go to the extent of inciting students, causing riot and pandemonium.”