Fresh troubles may have rared its head against a former General Superintendent of Assemblies Of God Nigeria, Chief Paul Emeka as the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami has officially taken over his prosecution over an alleged forgery.
Chief Paul Emeka, a former General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God Nigeria was alleged to have forged a University of Derby Professorial Certificate which he purportedly claimed was awarded to him by the authorities of the University of Derby, Derbyshire England on the 24th day of August 2005.
He was reported to have presented himself to the Assemblies of God Nigeria as a Professor from the University oand based on his claim, he was made one of the trustees of the Church.
DAILY POST was informed that sometime in January 2015, the Church (Complainant) upon investigation, allegedly found out that Rev. Paul Emeka (Defendant), forged the professional certificate he presented to the Church because University of Derby, Derbyshire in England, where he claimed to have received his professorship title, sent a disclaimer letter on the 15th of January 2015 through Mr James Eaglesfield,the Head Of Governance and IT Portfolio, of not having a record of the name Paul Emeka in the University’s Conferment Committee archives.
“The Name Paul Emeka does not appear in the University’s Conferment Committee archives and we do not hold a record of Paul Emeka receiving a title of Professor”
“The University Of Derby did not issue the attached certificate and none of the signatories are,or have been,post-holders at the University of Derby” The University reportedly declared in the letter.
The Incorporated Trustees of Assemblies Of God Nigeria on discovery that the said Certificate was Fake, petitioned the Nigeria Police Force.
In November 2015,the Nigeria Police Force completed its Investigation but failed to charge Chief Paul Emeka to court due to an alleged manipulation.a2
The Registered trustees of the Assemblies Of God Nigeria filed a direct criminal complaint against Chief Paul Emeka at the Upper Area Court Gudu Abuja in a case No. CR/1081/15 in Pursuant to Section 88(1) and 90 of the Administration Of Criminal Justice Act,2015
On the 4th of February 2016, the Presiding Judge, Justice Umar Yusuf Kargarko ordered the Nigerian Police Force to arrest and produce Chief Paul Emeka for trial.
“It Is hereby ordered that the Police shall bring the said investigation report together with the Suspect before this honorable Court.”
The Police, however, refused to obey that order till despite the acknowledgement of the receipt of the Court Order by the Inspector General Of Police Monitoring Unit on the 17th Of February 2016.
Consequently, the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami who was contacted by the Counsel to the Incorporated Trustees of Assemblies Of God Nigeria, Barr Ifeanyi Nwaeze, directed the Director Of Public Prosecution(DPP) to take over the prosecution of the case.
At the resumed sitting of the Court today, Tuesday August 20th 2016, lawyers to Chief Paul Emeka had come to present the order for stay of execution given by Justice K.N Ogbonnaya of the Federal High Court Abuja,but they were shocked to notice the presence of the prosecutor sent by the Attorney General of the Federation.
The Prosecutor from the Ministry of Justice, I A Charles Okolie Mrs told the Judge, Justice Umar Yusuf Kagarko that the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubaka Malami, has given an approval for the Federal Government to prosecute Chief Paul Emeka.
The Presiding Judge, Justice Umar Yusuf Kagarko told Barr J U Ajii,counsel to Chief Paul Emeka that he cannot disobey the directives of the Attorney General of the Federation.
The Court adjourned the matter till 19th of September to enable the Attorney General prepare and amend the charges to Read,” Federal Republic of Nigeria Vs Rev. Dr Paul Emeka.”