Nigerian lawmaker sent to prison over certificate forgery

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[Akwa Ibom]–Nse Ekpenyong, a member of the House of Representatives, has been charged to court and sent to jail as a result of certificate forgery.

The lawmaker was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, on nine count charges, at the Federal High Court, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, for alleged forgery of an Abia polytechnic diploma, on Thursday.

“That you Nse Bassey Ekpenyong on or about 22 November 2012, at Uyo, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did make a document to wit: Abia State Polytechnic National Diploma Certificate in Business Administration with No. 001181 dated 22nd November, 2012 with intent that it may be acted upon as genuine which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (2) (C) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M 17 of the Revised Edition (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) 2007 and punishable under section 1 (2) of the same Act,” says one of the charges preferred against the lawmaker.

He was granted bail in the sum of N10 million and a surety in like sum.

As part of the conditions bail, the court asked that the surety must deposit with the court the sum of N5 million which would be forfeited if Mr. Ekpenyong fails to appear in court twice in the course of the case.

The court also asked that the surety must provide a three-year tax clearance certificate from 2014 to 2016.

Ahmedu Arogha, the lawyer who appeared for the EFCC in the case, confirmed that the lawmaker was not able to meet up with the bail conditions and was sent to the Uyo Prisons by the time he (Mr. Arogha) left the court premises at about 1.30pm, Premium Times report.

A senior Prisons officer also confirmed to this paper that the lawmaker had been remanded in the Uyo Prisons.

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