By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
A child’s rights activist, Comrade Ighorhiohwunu Aghogho has dragged the Delta State Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Mustapha to the family Court of the Warri Judicial Division sitting in Warri for authorizing the extortion of children in public schools, AUTHENTIC News Daily can report.
The CP was dragged to the Court in an application filed and dated 25th September 2018 with suit number W/9/FC/2018.
In an affidavit supporting the application, Aghogho claimed that the defendant is responsible for the prevention and control of child related offences in the state.
“The Defendant is authorizing the exploitation of children including Master Miracle Onwuka at Public Primary and Junior Secondary Schools in Delta State”.
Aghogho is praying the Court for “An order of this Honourable Court compelling the Defendant to conduct enquiries into the welfare of children at Erho Secondary school Abraka, Umiagwa Secondary school Abraka,Uroka Secondary School Abraka, Abraka Grammar School Abraka, Ojeta Secondary School Abraka ,Erho Primary School Abraka and every other public primary and Junior Secondary School in Delta State to prevent further extortion, fraud, deception, scam, swindling, racket, deceit and gross violation of the rights of children to the free , compulsory and universal basic education being provided by the Government.
“A declaration that the act of the Defendant of authorizing the exploitation of children including Master Miracle Onwuka who ought to benefit from free, compulsory and universal basic education being provided by the government to all manners of extortion, fraud, deception, scam, swindling, racket and deceit to pay for the services of Public Primary and Junior Secondary Schools in Delta State is unlawful”
“A declaration that the services of Public Primary and Junior Secondary Schools in Delta State including the provision of books, instructional materials, classrooms, furniture, uniforms and free lunch to children are free of charge”
Aghogho said the services provided by public primary and secondary schools in Delta State is free of charge.
According to Aghogho,“the State Government shall provide free compulsory and universal Basic Education for every child of primary and junior secondary school age”
“That a person who receives or obtains any fee contrary to the provisions of the Delta State Universal Basic Education Law 2006 commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding N10,000.00 or imprisonment for a term of 3 months or both.
Aghogho claimed that Mr. Felix Onwuka whose son is supposed to benefit from the free compulsory and universal basic education in the State was recently extorted before his son was admittee at Erho Secondary School, Abraka in Ethope-East Local Government Area of Delta State.
“His son was admitted after the payment of the sum of N3,000.00 leaving a balance of N3,500.00.
Aghogho said the Principal and Vice –Principal of Erho Secondary School Abraka informed me that admission of children into JSS1 of the school cost N6,500.00.
He further claimed that the Vice –Principal and Principal of Erho Secondary School threatened that if Master Miracle Onwuka failed to pay up the outstanding balance of N3, 500.00 he will be sent away from the school saying the services of the said school is not free of charge.
Aghogho noted that money paid to the school is not receipted and does not goes to coffers of the Government.
“The payment of the sum of N3,000.00 leaving an outstanding balance of N3,500.00 for the admission of Master Miracle Onwuka into JSS1 of Erho Secondary school is an act of extortion, fraud, deception, scam, swindling, racket, deceit and unlawful”.