Nigeria’s 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, Urban Express has leant.
Checks reveal 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
it was gathered, Dss 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 myriad of petitions sent to the
agency and the Police by aggrieved members of the ruling People’s 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.
Checks also reveal 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.”
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
Aribisogan submits, “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.”