The Police have concluded arrangements to prosecute no fewer than nine members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly for certificate forgery. Impeccable sources told New Telegraph 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 told one of our correspondents 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 to New Telegraph 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.