FG To Prosecute 9 of 26 Ekiti Lawmakers For Certificate Forgery Scandal

The Federal Government is planning to prosecute nine out
of 26 members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly for
alleged forgery of their academic results, according to
report.
A security source said in Abuja on Sunday that the decision
to prosecute them was based on the outcome of “an
intensive investigation carried out by the Department of
State Services into the state lawmakers’ certificates.’’ The
DSS, it was gathered, carried out the investigation into the
credentials submitted by the politicians to the Independent
National Electoral Commission during the last general
elections.
It was gathered that the probe was sequel to a myriad of
petitions sent to the agency and the Police by aggrieved
members of the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party and the
opposition party in the state, the All Progressives Congress.
Investigation was said to have been carried out in schools
allegedly claimed to have been attended by the lawmakers
and their former places of work. The source explained that
the files of the affected lawmakers had been sent to the
office of the Attorney General of the Federation for
prosecution.
The source added:-
“We have investigated the academic credentials of the
lawmakers based on petitions sent to us by the politicians
in the state.
“The petitions were based on alleged false declaration of
academic qualifications and alleged age falsification in
the papers presented to the INEC. “We have been able to
know that petitions against nine members of the State
House of Assembly are genuine. “We have already
presented our report and we are expecting the office of
the AGF to study it and prepare the charges against the
suspects.”
Apart from the lawmakers, it was also gathered that the
security agencies were planning to reopen the murder cases
of three prominent sons of the state. They are Mr. Tunde
Omojola, Kehinde Fasuba and Dr. Ayo Daramola.
Daramola was murdered on August 14, 2004; Omojola on
May 28, 2005; while Fasuba was murdered on January 3,
2009. There were allegations in the state that their killings
were politically-motivated and carried out in mysterious
circumstances. A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Femi
Falana, once wrote a petition to the Police, demanding the
prosecution of those behind their killings.
When contacted on Sunday, the Special Adviser to the AGF
on Media and Publicity, Mr. Salihu Isah, said he was not
aware of the planned prosecution, but promised to find out.
“I am not aware of whether there is anything like that. I
promise to find out during the week,” he said.
Reacting to the planned prosecution, the Chairman,
Committee on Information of the Ekiti State House of
Assembly, Mr. Gboyega Aribisogan, said no member had
been invited by any security agency for questioning. He
argued that there could be no prosecution of their members
without investigation and subsequent indictment.
Aribisogan added:-
“Up until today, none of our members has been invited
by any security agency. There can be no prosecution
without investigation by the police. This is part of the
rumour and propaganda from the enemies of the
government. “None of our members forged certificates.
We went through screening with the DSS and we duly
submitted our certificates to INEC and underwent proper
documentation.
“Have they checked with the West African Examinations
Council or relevant educational institutions to confirm
their (certificates) authenticity or otherwise. No security
agency will buy into the propaganda.”

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