Officials of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Tuesday arrested four management members of the Committee of Federal Polytechnic Rectors (COFER).
Naija News reports that the Chairman of the committee was arrested alongside three others during a sting operation for allegedly being in possession of N10.2 million bribe.
The anti-corruption body in a statement obtained by Naija News, gave the names of the rectors who were arrested as; the rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi, Adamawa State, Dr. Abubakar Sadiq Yahaya, rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Osun State, John Taiwo Adekolawole, rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, Bauchi State, Arch. Waziri Sanusi Gumau and Secretary of COFER, Ayegba Benjamin Godwin.
In its statement, the ICPC said that investigation was ongoing and that the rectors would be charged to court once an investigation is completed.
The ICPC, however, said in its statement that the rectors had been granted an administrative bail.
The statement from the agency said: “The suspects who are polytechnic rectors include: Dr. Abubakar Sadiq Yahaya, Federal Polytechnic, Mubi, Adamawa State, who also doubles as the Chairman of COFER; John Taiwo Adekolawole, Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Osun State; and Arch. Waziri Sanusi Gumau of the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, Bauchi State.
“They were arrested at the premises of the National Board for Technical Education (NABTE) Abuja, through a sting operation by the Commission.
“Arrested alongside the rectors was the Secretary of COFER, Ayegba Benjamin Godwin, with the sum of N10, 250, 0000 cash after a whistle-blower informed ICPC that the four suspects and others at large were perfecting plans to violate the provisions of Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.
“The suspects who have been granted administrative bail by ICPC will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.”