ENUGU—The Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board, ENSUBEB, has denied media reports that its officials collected bribes from some applicants before offering them jobs in the ongoing recruitment of teachers exercise in the state, calling on those peddling such allegations to come up with evidence to justify their claims.

Reacting to the development, ENSUBEB Executive Chairman, Chief Ikeje Asogwa, yesterday, in a statement, described the allegations as untrue and mischievous.

He said: “The board had uncovered the antics of faceless fraudsters who claimed to be staff and agents of ENSUBEB to defraud innocent citizens under the guise of shortlisting them for employment.”

Chief Asogwa, who frowned on the allegations, noted that they came at the time Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s administration had initiated far-reaching reforms on the board aimed to improve the standard of education in the primary schools in the state.

He said that contrary to the said media reports, no applicant had been offered employment as recruitment was on-going.

Asogwa disclosed that the board, being mindful of such mischievous allegations, had announced in the media that “applicants should not pay money throughout the course of this recruitment exercise.”

He stated that when the bribery allegations came up, the board investigated to ascertain their veracity and later discovered that the faceless fraudsters were using a particular bank account to receive money from unsuspecting victims.

Asogwa said his office had officially reported the case to the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, Independence layout, Enugu, via a letter dated September 5, 2016, for necessary action.

The board chairman, while reaffirming the commitment of the present administration in the state to the core values of discipline, merit, transparency and accountability, urged the public to discountenance  said publications as no evidence of bribery scam by officials of the board had been recorded.

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