by Oge Okonkwo
A scandal which recently is threatening to drag the name of Nollywood actor, Emeka Ike in the mud as the actor turned school proprietor reportedly lost a case involving the ownership of his school.
According to Maestromedia, Emeka Ike’s school, St. Nicholas College, a secondary school located at 1, Raji Olamideji Crescent, Magodo beside PMS filling station on CMD road had been taken over by the Court on Friday, January 24 after a long-standing battle with the owners of the school building due to non-payment of rents due.
The actor has officially been evicted from the school premises and the court took away some school valuables while other items littered the school premises.
The school St. Nicholas College, a secondary school was established a few years ago, 2008 to be more precise by the ace actor. According to the gist then, he was supposed to have invested about N200 million in the making the school happen at the property that they have now been sent packing from.
All through the years of the school existence Emeka, his wife and the school had been engaged in one unconfirmed allegation after the other. Some of the allegations are as follows, none payment of salaries as at when due to the staff & teachers; he apparently used to owe many of those working for him for upwards of 6 months at a time. That’s not all, he was also alleged to prefer employing unqualified & non professional teachers in a school, where parents were paying exorbitant school fees thinking they were getting the best of education and more. So bad was the situation at the school at a point, that many parts of building were said to have been in a state of disrepair. At a point it was alleged that only 13 students remained in the school, as others had been withdrawn by their parents.
Everything finally came to a head last week, when court bailiffs acting under instructions took possession of the school. Just before sealing it, they were reported to have carted away a few of the valuables that were still in the school, like the school bus, a few air-conditioners and some furniture.
As we speak, some of the remaining things that the bailiffs couldn’t cart away are all still outside the school premises littering the frontage.