ICPC arraigns ex-presidential aide, Obono-Obla, for alleged certificate forgery


The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned a former presidential aide, Okoi Obono-Obla, over allegations of certificate forgery.

According to a statement by ICPC’s spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, the former Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property was charged with two counts before Justice C.L. Dabup of the Plateau State High Court in Jos.

ICPC maintained its allegations that he presented a fake result with a credit pass in English Literature to the University of Jos, with which he secured admission to study law.

“The charge filed before Justice C. L. Dabup revealed that while Obono-Obla did not seat for the Ordinary Level, General Certificate Examination (GCE) in English Literature in 1982, he presented a result of the same GCE to the University of Jos, in 1985, containing Credit 6 from Mary Knoll College, Ogoja,” the statement read.

“He was alleged to have committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 366 of the Penal Code Law of Plateau State.”

But Obono-Obla pleaded not guilty to the charges on Monday and was subsequently, granted bail by the court in the sum of N1 million, with one surety in like sum.

She further ruled that the surety must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court and must submit an affidavit of means, including a tax clearance certificate showing evidence of payment for three years.

The judge also adjourned the case till November 25, 2021, for trial.

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