Police to prosecute Ekiti lawmakers for forgery

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The Police have concluded arrangements to prosecute no fewer than nine members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly for certificate forgery.

Impeccable sources said that various security agencies have conducted investigation on several petitions against 17 members of the House of Assembly for forgery of their school certificates and other related crimes.

The source said that the Department of State Services (DSS) has established a prima facie case against nine of the lawmakers.

They would soon appear in court, the source added.

“After a thorough investigation on the school certificates submitted by 17 members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, we discovered that nine of the lawmakers submitted forged school certificates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Forgery is a criminal offence.

“We have submitted our report to INEC and the police. I think the police are awaiting the recommendation of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) to press criminal charges against the lawmakers. They will soon face prosecution,” the source said.

Another source confirmed that INEC is already in possession of the report conducted on the forgery of the school certificates submitted for clearance by the lawmakers.

Although the Peoples Democratic Party-dominated Ekiti Assembly had cried foul over the forgery case, pointing out that its members were being unnecessarily persecuted.

The source said that the police are determined to go ahead with the prosecution in spite of the propaganda.

It was also gathered that some of the affected lawmakers have made efforts at replacing the controversial certificates, but met a brick wall in the unyielding INEC officials.

It was further learnt that aside petitions written by opposition parties on the certificate forgery, some disgruntled PDP members, who were allegedly shortchanged in the party’s primaries, also wrote petitions against the lawmakers.

The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) yesterday called on the affected lawmakers to submit themselves for prosecution.

CNPP, in a statement signed by the Ekiti State chairman, Mr. Tunji Ogunlola, said that the indicted lawmakers must pay for their sins.

“On the issue of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, we ask the 17 members alleged to have falsified their certificates to submit themselves for prosecution. It is very unfortunate that their primary roles have been abandoned for Governor Ayodele Fayose’s defence,” Ogunsola said.

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the CNPP yesterday protested against the Fayose administration.

The protesters demanded the resignation of the governor over the N4.7 billion arms funds.

Joined by other groups, the protesters massed upon the roads from Fajuyi Park in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, and walked the major streets, passing through Okesa, Ojumose, Okeyinmi down to Ijigbo junction where the leaders took turns to address the crowd.

They also expressed confidence in the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, describing his anti-corruption war as the best for the country.

The protesters urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to prosecute whoever was fingered in the looting of the state’s treasury.

The group equally commended EFCC for freezing the two personal accounts of Governor Fayose in Zenith Bank Plc. through which he allegedly received N1.3 billion to prosecute the 2014 election.

Nigeria Today

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