The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, Osogbo zone on Monday got to know that they have been duped of huge amount running into N1m by yet-to-be identified fraudsters who organized a ‘fake’ scholarship examination for their pupils.
The alleged scammers have conducted the preliminary stages of the examination at each local governments in the zone – Irepodun, Olorunda, Orolu and Osogbo LGs- where both primary ans secondary pupils were involved.
According to a teacher of one of the schools who spoke on condition of anonymity, forty students from both primary and secondary schools were demanded from demanded from all the participating schools and each student paid 1,500 and they promised them vests.
He said “They approached all the private schools in Osogbo zone for an essay contest, we accepted to participate. They requested for 20 students from both categories of our school and each student must register with N1,500 which they all did. We attended the preliminary stage and they came to inform us that all our students qualified for the final round. They said the final round will hold at GOF International School, Osogbo today.
“On getting here with a host of other schools, we realized that the programme is a scam. Our school alone paid fifty four thousand naira while several schools paid more. The organizers are no where to be found again and parents and proprietors of schools are clamouring for the refund.
When the Insight Media contacted the Vice President of NAPPS, Osun state chapter, he said they are still at the scene (GOF Int’l School) and they have invited the police to avert a bigger crisis.
He said “Yes, we are duped by some 419 and the police are here to avert a bigger crisis. Those people are nowhere to be found now.
The police officers were at the scene school while parents, teachers and proprietors were seeing agitating for the refund.
The invitation card sighted by the Insight Media contained the following information:
Future Leader (FL) Awards Essay Competition”
Invitation to sit for the final stage
Venue: GOF International School, Onward area, Ogo-Oluwa, Osogbo.
Date : Monday, 18th December, 2017
Time : 10am prompt