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Imo govt suspends school principals over alleged extortion

By Chinonso Alozie

Owerri—The Imo State Government has suspended some Secondary School principals in the state, for indulging in collection of illegal fees from parents.

The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Gertrude Ego Oduka stated this in a release issued to Vanguard yesterday and signed by her Public Relations Officer, PRO, Ofoleta App-Jonnie, A.M.

The affected schools included, Community Secondary School Orogwe, Government Technical College, Owerri and Emmanuel College, also in Owerri. The commissioner also directed the suspended principals to handover relevant documents in their possessions to their subordinates.

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According to the release, “ The commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Gertrude Ego Oduka, has announced the immediate suspension of the Principal of the Community Secondary School, Orogwe, Mr.  Gabriel Nwogu of the Senior Section and the Principal of the Government Technical College, Owerri,  Mr Godwin A.  Nwaimo of the the Senior Section for extortion of money from parents and guardians, thereby causing pains and hardships to the them.

“ She also announced the immediate suspension of Mr.  Hyginus Amaechi, the principal, senior section of Emmanuel College, Owerri for the collection of cutlasses, brooms and tissue papers from the students.”

However, the Commissioner said that more names of principals who had been found culpable will soon be released.

She said, “ more names of identified erring principals will be announced for suspension. Despite my warnings to the principals on several occasions against any form of extortion under any guise, some of them went ahead to cause pains and hardships to the parents and guardians of the students.”


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