9 Ekiti Lawmakers To Face Trial Over Certificate Forgery
The Nigerian government has concluded plans to prosecute nine out of the 26 members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly for alleged forgery of their academic results.
The decision to prosecute the nine lawmakers led to an intensive investigation by the Department of State Services (DSS) into the state lawmakers’ certificates, The Punch learnt.
The probe was triggered by a myriad of petitions sent to the agency and the Police by aggrieved members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the opposition party in the state, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
As a result of this, the DSS carried out an investigation into the credentials submitted by the politicians to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during the last general elections, a security source told the Newspaper in Abuja on Sunday.
The organisation also physically checked attendance records of the supposed education institutions that the accused attended as well as their credentials.
DSS files on the political leaders have now been sent to the Attorney General of the Federation for prosecution.
The source said: “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.”