Home Education Court directs EFCC, ICPC to investigate Ebenezer Babatope, former Yabatech Rector Ladipo

Court directs EFCC, ICPC to investigate Ebenezer Babatope, former Yabatech Rector Ladipo

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Margaret Ladipo

The National Industrial Court has directed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) to commence investigation into alleged corrupt practices during the tenure of former Rector of the school, Dr Kudirat Ladipo and Chief Ebenezer Babatope, former Chairman of its Board of Governing Council.

According to court papers, Chief Babatope allegedly connived with Mrs Ladipo to approve an illegal monthly security stipend of N5m for the rector, while Mr Babatope was also indirectly a contractor on many projects that were executed during his tenure.

Justice O.A Obaseki-Osaghae, in his ruling, said: “This court cannot shut its eyes to the allegations of corruption, mismanagement of funds and fraud. By this judgment, the EFCC and ICPC and the Nigeria Police must, as a matter of urgency, commence investigations into the allegations of corruption and mismanagement of funds at the college to unravel the truth and veracity of the allegations. The officers of the Yaba College of Technology found wanting should be prosecuted so as to restore sanity, accountability and financial probity in the College.”

Justice Obaseki-Osaghae, in his delivery of judgement in the case between Olu Ibirogba, the former Bursar of the school and trio of the board of governing council, Dr. Margaret Kudirat Ladipo and Mrs. Biekoroma Amapakabo, also ordered the reinstatement of Mr Ibirogba to the “office of Bursar immediately to complete his unexpired term, and also reinstate him as an Administrative Staff of the College with all the rights and privileges of the office.”

Mr Ibirogba, whose appointment as the Bursar of the school was terminated on the 1st of July, 2015, was said to have been sacked in a manner that is “unlawful, null and void”, in what the court described as contemptuous of the Judiciary and “refusal to obey the subsisting judgment in a suit NICN/L/582/12.”

The judge noted that an injunction was also granted “restraining the defendant whether by themselves, their agents, and or representatives from further punishing the claimant or otherwise subjecting him to any further disciplinary measure without good cause.”

The defendants were also ordered to pay Ibirogba the sum of N20million jointly and severally as punitive damages for the unjust termination of his employment and also a legal cost in the sum of N1million.

Mr Ibirogba has been in administrative discord with the school leadership after he raised alarm on series of alleged corrupt practices that were perpetrated in the school by Mr Babatope and Dr. Ladipo.