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Police detain ex-Spectranet staff in Abuja as citizens demand justice




The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has detained some former workers of Spectranet.

The residents are demanding justice, insisting that Spectranet was participating in high-handedness over a matter they know nothing about.

The employees, recruited for the web service supplier by Volab Consulting Restricted, deny Spectranet’s allegation of fraud.

In an SOS to DAILY POST, one of many dismissed workers, Mathias Apeh mentioned the Abuja department stopped them from work on April 1, 2021.

Mathias complained that their disengagement advantages and pension clearance stay unapproved, regardless of an official demand by way of their lawyer.

Mathias recalled that he joined Spectranet in 2013 and by no means bought any question or warning regarding his gross sales reviews or conduct.

“We despatched each day and month-to-month reviews since 2013 however they found fraud in 2021. We mentioned they need to probe us, our supervisors and Auditors. If we dedicated fraud, how did our superiors not detect it?

“That is what they generally do earlier than dismissing workers. Volab, our employer, didn’t care to listen to our personal facet of the story. Our letter, which exhibits disengagement, not sack, was signed by Mr. Olasimoju.

“Since November 2020, the workplace has laid off as much as 20 members of workers however solely two of us are but to get clearance to allow entry to pension and disengagement advantages.

“They alleged that we had a scarcity in our reviews. We mentioned what they’re seeing had been that manner earlier than we joined Spectranet. This was confirmed by the Auditor in Lagos.

“He known as me on cellphone regarding the identical difficulty. After my clarification, he concluded by saying it was a system error which occurred in Lagos, Abuja and Ibadan workplaces.

“This report is what we do day-after-day earlier than leaving the workplace. We compile every day’s gross sales and our head in Abuja cross-checks to make sure accuracy.

“This identical report passes by way of the top on the Lagos workplace, different officers additionally examine. We did this for 8 years and no person ever complained till after they determined to put us off.

“On the finish of the yr, after shares are counted and the corporate declares revenue, they offer awards to workers who carried out effectively. I collected this award again to again.

“The day the problem was raised, I used to be requested to depend the inventory. As I used to be doing that, a police officer entered to arrest me and my colleague. The workplace didn’t enable us to complete counting what they declare was not full.

“On the station, I wrote my assertion and was locked up until the next day after I was granted bail. If you wish to be truthful, why arrest solely two individuals for what lower throughout as much as 12 workers?

“The police then advised Spectranet to offer the people who labored on the Abuja workplace since inception. They requested the computer systems now we have been reporting with for clarification. Spectranet didn’t comply.

“After that arrest in March, Spectranet took our laptops. Additionally they eliminated the computer systems we labored with to God is aware of the place. Now we have not been to the workplace since.

“On April 1, we got disengagement letters. We submitted our Identification and Nationwide Well being Insurance coverage Scheme (NHIS) playing cards. They refused to clear us for fee of entitlements.

“The Inside Auditor got here from Lagos to examine the entire thing and nonetheless couldn’t discover something in opposition to us. The truth is, he scrutinized the inventory in our absence, in opposition to accounting guidelines.

“They’ve modified their police report greater than 4 occasions. When the police advised the Auditor to signal below Spectranet’s allegation, he declined, explaining that he joined the corporate not too long ago.

“The Head of Account in Abuja additionally didn’t signal. This was how the matter hooked. The Divisional Police Officer advised them that they want sufficient proof to cost us.”

One other affected workers, Segun Odugbesan lamented that their households have been struggling for an offence they didn’t commit.

“Our entitlements weren’t paid and we’re being blocked in accessing our pension belief fund. We carried the fund from our earlier office.

“It’s unlawful for Spectranet to desires to dam us. Our lawyer served a letter however nothing has been executed. It’s been over three months, we want a brand new job however can not transfer on”, Odugbesan mentioned.

The duo recalled that Volab Managing Director, Nike Idowu assured the matter could be resolved however the reverse has been the case.

Responding to a DAILY POST enquiry, Umesh Budhrani, Spectranet Admin & Human Useful resource Supervisor confirmed the case is with the police.

Budhrani mentioned the continuing investigation is on alleged fraud found within the division Mathias and Odugbesan final labored.

The official mentioned given the quantity concerned, there’s a chance the duo along with their accomplices will probably be prosecuted.

“Spectranet requested Volab Consulting Restricted to redeploy them pending the end result of the continuing police investigation.

“Spectranet just isn’t in any manner blocking their pension, it’s their reliable proper to entry it upon compliance with the necessities for the drawdown.

“It’s their employer (Volab Consulting Restricted) that may difficulty them with an Exit Letter addressed to their pension managers for vital motion”, Budhrani defined.

ASP Mariam Yusuf, FCT Police Public Relations Officer was not accessible for response as at press time. A response to a textual content message despatched is being awaited.

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