Photo: ICPC arraigns House of Reps. member for certificate forgery

A former Deputy Speaker and current member representing Jos-North state
constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Honourable Ibrahim
Baba Hassan, has been docked before Honourable Justice J.U.A Musale of
High Court 31 of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), sitting in Jabi,
by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences
Commission (ICPC) for allegedly submitting a forged academic
qualification to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to
contest in the 2015 State Assembly elections.

The lawmaker, who is presently a 3-time member of the Plateau State
House of Assembly, was said to have forged a Diploma in Business
Administration of the University of Jos, dated November 1996, and
falsely inserted his name as one of the graduands in the “Order of
Proceedings of the 19th Combined Convocation Ceremony” of the said
university held on 26th and 27th April 2002 which he presented to ICPC
investigators.
Hassan who contested the 2015 Plateau State House of Assembly election
again and won, was arraigned on a 5-count charge of offences bordering
on forgery, lying under oath, intent to cause damage to the public and
making false statement with the intention to mislead.
In a Charge No: CR/136/17, the defendant was accused of committing
offences contrary to Section 25 of the Corrupt Practices and Other
Related Offences Act, 2000, sections 157, 164, 363,366 of Penal Code
Laws of the FCT and punishable under Section 68 of the Corrupt Practices
and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and sections 158 and 364 of the
Penal Code.
The accused person pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him
and in view of this, counsel to the accused, Solomon E. Umoh (SAN), via
an oral application, sought the relief of the court to grant his client
bail based on self-recognition. He averred that his client did not show
any recalcitrant attitude throughout the course of investigation.
However, ICPC’s counsel, Agbili Ezenwa Kingsley, opposed the relief
sought by the defence, arguing that the accused, as a political
office-holder, could be recalled by his constituents at any time and
would lose his privileged status. Kingsley therefore prayed the court to
grant the accused stringent bail conditions that would compel him to
appear for hearings no matter the circumstances.
Having listened to the submissions of both parties, the trial judge
ruled that the administrative bail which was granted to the accused
person by ICPC should subsist.

The case has been adjourned to July 3rd 2017 for commencement of hearing.

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