Alleged Certificate Forgery Case Against Kwara House of Rep Member Resumes
A federal capital territory Area Court in Karumo resumes its sitting today (Wednesday 30 September, 2020) to continue hearing in the certificate forgery case involving member of the House of Representatives representing Edu, Moro and Pategi federal constituency of Kwara State, Ahmed Ndakene.
The case CR/62/2020 in which the contestant for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mahmud Hassan Babako, is the complainant, is alleging breach of section 88(1), 89(3), and 109(e) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 to the effect that the defendant “presented to INEC in its form CF001 information and documents are false and forged.”
He also alleged that the defendant “depose on oath to facts that are not true”
The legislator is facing allegations that his West Africa Examination Council certificate which he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during his pre-election screening was not genuine.
The court’s sitting of 7th of September, 2020 repelled an attempt to tender another certificate, this time from NECO, bearing his name as a replacement for the allegedly forged WAEC certificate submitted to INEC in the first place.
Nigerian Sketch reports that issues of qualification and forged certificates have dodged All Progressive Congress (APC) members of the Kwara State House of Assembly of recent.
WAEC, according to reports, has already dissociated itself from the lawmaker’s certificate, writing to the Nigeria Police to explain that there was no May/June examination offered by the body in 1990 and that the certificate in question did not originate from them, contrary to the evidence he sworn to in his affidavit.
Also, the principal of Government Science College, Kagara where Ndakene claimed to have sat for his WASCE in May/June in1990, Mr Ubiadu Dan Asabi has forwarded a detailed report about the certificate, saying it did not emanate from the school.
At the last adjourned date however, the court had asked the police to investigate the matter further so that trial would commence properly.
There are however allegations that the investigation is being stalled to buy time for the defendant so that the case would be caught up with expulsion of time, but the police authorities have said that it would not do anything to subvert the interest of justice in any matter that the court has asked it to investigate.