No fewer than three principals of sec­ondary schools in Nasarawa State have been arrested by the Nigerian Se­curities and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for al­leged embezzlement of Na­tional Examination Coun­cil’s (NECO) registration fees of over 100 students.
Nasarawa State’s Com­mandant of NSCDC, La­wan Bashir, who made this known to newsmen in La­fia, said the affected schools are located in Agyaragu area of Obi Local Government, Awogoshen in Akwanga and Wakama in Nasarawa Eggon Local Government.
He said the intervention of men of the NSCDC led to the recovery of over N400, 000 from the principals, adding that parents of the students whose money was embezzled were not inter­ested in pursuing the case but insisted on getting back their money.
While saying that the NECO examination has also witnessed the snatch­ing of exam materials by hoodlums in some schools, the NSCDC Commandant said the students whose registration fees were em­bezzled were not allowed to sit for the annual exam­ination.
His words: “More than 100 students of various sec­ondary schools in Nasara­wa State are not writing the ongoing National Exam­ination Council (NECO) due to the embezzlement of their registration fees by their various principals”.
Meanwhile, the Special Assistant Media and Pub­licity to Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura , Ahmed Tukur, has expressed satis­faction with the conduct of the examination in all the 448 government secondary schools in the state despite the ongoing labour dispute.