Certificate Racketeering: Alvan Ikoku Federal College Of Education Owerri Absolves Self, Denies Allegation  

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By; VICTOR DURUAMAKU, Owerri
 
Following the allegations of certificate racketeering against the Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education (AIFCE) Owerri, Imo state in some quarters, the management of the college over the weekend denied the allegation, saying that the allegation was just to malign the institution.
 
In an official statement, the management of the college through its Public Relations unit said it is very impossible for the college to get in to certificate racketeering following the stringent supervisory control of the university of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) to which the college is affiliated.
 
The statement described those behind the allegation  as blackmailers and mischief makers pointing out that one of such persons, one Mr. Eche James Ikwue, a former student of the college in the department of Computer Science education resorted to blackmail against the  college, when his plan to defraud the college failed.
 
According to the information, the management of the college had hesitated that Mr. Ikwue shows proof of the amount of N19m claimed, the management was owing him.
The official information explained that Mr. IKwue, had approached the management requesting to help the college stop students from evading payment of fees.
 
According to it, the management then obliged Ikwue’s request and drafted him to assist an existing taskforce for the recovery of fees, to track erring students.
 
The information said, further that the management never engaged Mr. Ikwue as a consultant, stressing that the college had to stop him from parading himself as a member of the taskforce because of his bridles exploitative tendencies targeted at students who he subjected to pay him both in kind and cash.
 
The official statement said that in order to further smear the image of the college, Ikwue reported some officers of college to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) which had cleared the said officers of any misconduct after investigation.

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