While Oluwadare reportedly diverted the sum of N182,000 while Tijani and Adesola allegedly took N583,000 and N492,000 respectively. The suspect were also accused of writing undertakings to return the money, but reneged on their promise in the course of the repayment
Two Lagos teachers identified as Divina Oluwadere and Elizabeth Tijani have been arrested for diverting the school’s cooperative funds and fees paid by pupils for their own use.
The Lagos teachers who are employees of a private primary school in Lekki, Lagos State, were arrested alongside an official of the school, Ijaola Adesola. The suspects were sacked following the discovery of the crime, as it was further gathered that Oluwadare and Tijani performed administrative roles in the school which gave them access to its funds.
While Oluwadare reportedly diverted the sum of N182,000 while Tijani and Adesola allegedly took N583,000 and N492,000 respectively. The suspect were also accused of writing undertakings to return the money, but reneged on their promise in the course of the repayment.
In the course of interrogation, Oluwadare, a native of the Abi Local Government Area, Cross River State, disclosed that a sum of N257,000 was traced to her but she had paid back N95,000.
“I worked with Jolabell International School. During my service there, the sum of N257,000 was found missing after thorough auditing. The police were involved and I have remitted the sum of N95,000. I would have finished the payment but for the injury I sustained in the leg” she said.
Tijani on her own part, claimed that she was robbed while on her way to deposit the money in a bank. She added that she didn’t report the incident to the police, because she was still in shock.
“I had been teaching for years, but I am not working now due to my health condition. Sometime last year, I was on my way to my boss’ office where I was supposed to deposit the weekly funds made by the school when I was robbed around Iyana Ipaja.
“The only person I could remember at that moment was my husband and I called him. After some days, I called my boss and told him what happened, but he said he wanted his money. I stopped going to work. I have paid a little out of the money.”
Adesola however stated that she took N450,000, not N492,000, from the school’s coffers and that she had returned N250,000 from the sum.
“I just got another job and I have promised to pay the balance soon,” she added.
Punch reported that the Lagos teachers and the school official have been arraigned in court, on three counts of stealing by a police prosecutor, Inspector Ben Emuerhi. The defendants pleaded not guilty to the counts and elected summary trial.
The presiding magistrate, Mrs. O. Sule-Amzat, granted them bail in the sum of N200,000 each with two sureties each in the like sum. The case was adjourned till November 12, 2018 for mention.