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FCC Chairman Threatens Legal Action for Defamation, Debunks Certificate Forgery Allegations

FCC Chairman Threatens Legal Action for Defamation, Debunks Certificate Forgery Allegations

The executive chairman of the Federal Character Commission (FCC), Hajiya Muheeba Dankaka, has threatened to file civil and criminal suit against Youths & Leadership Initiatives (LYGEL) for what she called “false allegation of certificate forgery.”

In a letter written to the directors of Youths & Leadership Initiatives LTD/GTE by her lawyer, Hayatuddeen Sulayman, on Friday, July 16, 2021, she demanded a retraction of the “false allegations of certificate forgery levied against her in the manner it was released.”

She also asked for “a written apology to be published in two national dailies.”

A personnel of LYGEL told Nigerian Sketch that they received the lawyer’s letter on Monday, July 19, 2021.

The letter explained that “on the 8th day of July, 2021 through a press release, you made an allegation  certificate forgery against our client on the premise that the Certified True Copy of her credentials and documents you obtained without further investigation were forged basically because the names appearing on them are different from her current name.”

The lawyer in the letter said after FCC chairman had succinctly explained how change in marital status occasioned her change of name, and how she had already followed all the laid down processes for such change of name before her appointment, LYGEL went ahead to issue another press release on the 15th day of July, 2021to insist that she forged her credentials.

Also, the FCC chairman issued a statement she personally signed to debunk the allegation of certificate forgery leveled, saying they were false, despicable and desperately fuelled by clandestine motives.

According to the statement, “Recently, the media was inundated with publication by some faceless group hired by some unscrupulous people to tarnish the image and integrity of the Executive Chairman of the Federal Character Commission (FCC), Hajiya M. F. Dankaka, for reasons best known to them.”

She restated her position that the certificates in question were obtained before she got married which necessitated the change of name.

The statement said: “It is not unexpected that when a woman gets married, she takes her husband’s name, and the case of Muheeba Dankaka is not different.

“Dankaka, however, finds it surprising that the sponsored group did not deem it necessary to find out, either by physical request or by relying on the FoI Act, what necessitated the change of name.”

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