A former Bursar of the Yaba College of Technology, YABATECH, Mr. Olugbenga Ibirogba who was sacked 5 years ago for exposing corruption in the institution has finally been reinstated.
This was made known on Twitter by his son, @DVillageMaster who wrote a lengthy post, narrating the legal tussle between his dad and the institution for the past five years.
See what he wrote below;
Finally my dad has been reinstated after he was sacked four years and 11 months ago for exposing corruption in Yabatech. He is to resume work starting from Monday … Thanks to Everyone who took out time to help me in one way or the other, God bless you all!!!!
Thank You President @MBuhari and Vice President @ProfOsinbajo for listening to the #RecallIbirogba cry. I believe public office holders will also stand up for what is right and defend our national treasures always.
How It Started! My dad got suspended on the 7th of October 2013 for exposing corruption in Yabatech under the leadership of Dr Kudirat Ladipo and the chairmanship of Chief Ebenezer BabaTope
My dad’s suspension was meant to last for three months but on the day his suspension lapsed it was further extended indefinitely, my dad then decided to head to the national industrial court to seek justice,
thanks to God he won the case on the 1st of July 2015, seven chartered accountants also got sacked for not bowing to the rector’s wishes.
On the day the court nullified his suspension was the same day my dad got sacked. It was a real blow for us, my dad wrote a petition to President @MBuhari which led to series of investigations, the panel found the allegations to be true.
To further victimise my dad, the former rector planned an assassination attempt on my dad, I remember vividly on the 26th of September of 2015 policemen came all the way from Lagos State to our residence in ibadan to arrest my dad stating that the court ordered his arrest
Meanwhile the policemen did not come with their vehicle instead they brought a vehicle belonging to the Yabatech management and removed the plate numbers, they also came in mufti but my dad was able to recognize two of the officers because he has been interrogated by them before
In a case involving my dad and the ex-rector on allegations that he wants to kill her with no verifiable evidence, when the policemen were confronted to produce the arrest warrant they said they forgot it in Lagos ?, luckily for us a lot of people were nearby, so they helped us,
resist the arrest, the policemen had no choice but to leave, during the period of the resistance my dad already made a phone call to the then ACP of the lagos state police command who then told the officers to report to his office immediately they got to Lagos. My dad escaped.
But would I say we were not lucky enough to escape the next persecution coming, my dad was remanded in prison alongside one of the accountants in ikoyi prison, I travelled to Lagos with my mom to visit my dad at ikoyi prison, I couldn’t hold back the tears
Why should people be punished for doing the right thing! My dad and his counterpart spent about three weeks in prison before they got released after perfecting the bail conditions, thanks to one of their colleagues who also got sacked. Unfortunately for us we lost him few days
after my dad and his colleague got released from prison…. Fast forward to April 2018. President @MBuhari appointed a new governing board headed by Barrister Lateef Fagbemi SAN, he met with my dad months after his arrival, the first meeting was deadlocked.
And since a better offer was not to tabled we decided to wait for the court judgement of which my dad challenged his wrongful sack which was coming up in few months time. As God will have it again, we won the case again on the 7th of June 2018
The School believed the Judgement and planned on appealing the case, I felt really outraged and decided to run a social media campaign which ignited the #RecallIbirogba and #Yabatech8 hashtag. Thanks to Everyone who lent a voice on this issue it caught the attention of the
Government and directives were given to settle the case out of court. I would like to specifically thank all my social media influencer friends who rallied to support my family, @BabajideFadoju @IfeAdebayo @segalink God bless you for the support and actions you put in this case.
The six other chartered accountants will resume work very soon as all they have left is for their papers to be signed.
I can’t say it all her
Finally my dad has been reinstated after he was sacked four years and 11 months ago for exposing corruption in Yabatech. He is to resume work starting from Monday … Thanks to Everyone who took out time to help me in one way or the other, God bless you all!!!! ???????? pic.twitter.com/2oazjdYiPd
— The Village Headmaster (@DVillageMaster) September 14, 2018