STRONG indication emerged on Thursday in Osogbo over the alleged arrest of the Principal of Ede Muslim High School, Ede, Mr Khalid Abass by Police detectives from the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Alagbon Close, Ikoyi regarding the statement of result and testimonial issued to the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming September 22 gubernatorial poll, Senator Ademola Adeleke.
Tribune Online authoritatively gathered that the detectives, who were investigating the authenticity of the documents stormed school premises on Wednesday around 12.45 pm to apprehended the principal over alleged post-dating of the testimonial.
When our correspondent visited the school premises located in Ede township, one of the teachers, who pleaded anonymity hinted that policemen came on Wednesday to arrest the principal, explaining that the only issue raised by the security agents was the alleged discrepancy on the date of the testimonial authorised by the school principal, Mr Khalid Abass.
He further disclosed that the principal was subsequently taken away by the police in their vehicle to one of the police stations within Ede township, just as he said he had not been sighted since Wednesday after his encounter with the police detectives.
But, when contacted over the development, Osun State Commissioner for Education, Mr Kola Omotunde-Young in a text message forwarded to the Tribune Online said he was not aware of the incident, pointing out that the alleged arrest of the principal had not been brought to the attention of his ministry.
The text message reads thus, “I am not in any way aware of this information. I am currently in Abuja attending the 63rd meeting of the National Council on Education. I have called the office to ask them and the ministry has not been informed.”
Similarly, the Osun State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fimihan Adeoye said he was not aware of the arrest of the principal, stating that “I have been in Abuja since Tuesday. When you called the other time, I was attending a meeting. I am not aware of what you are saying. I am not aware of it.”
Meanwhile, one of the state executive members of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Osun State chapter confirmed the arrest of the principal to our correspondent, disclosing that “it is true that policemen from Lagos came to Ede Muslim High School. I was told by the teachers that the policemen came to investigate the secondary school certificate which Senator Ademola Adeleke submitted to INEC.”
“They said the signature on the testimonial is different from the notification of result which he submitted. The principal was taken to the police headquarters in Osogbo and he was eventually taken to Alagbon in Lagos. They went to the school on Wednesday and the man has not been released. I think he will be released soon,” he asserted.
Efforts to get the reaction of the spokesperson to Senator Ademola Adeleke, Mr Dele Adeleke over the purported arrest of principal were unsuccessful as text message forwarded to his cell phone was not replied as of the time of filing this report.