- A Plateau lawmaker, Ibrahim Hassan, has been sacked for certificate forgery
- Hassan was said to have lied that he got the certificate from University of Jos
- The court ruled that his position should be filled by the person who came second during his election
A Federal High Court in Jos has removed a Plateau state lawmaker, Ibrahim Hassan, because he forged his academic certificate.
The lawmaker had earlier claimed that he got a business administration diploma from the University of Jos, Premium Times reports.
It was previously reported that the registrar of University of Jos , Moday Danje, pointed out the certificate was fake.
Afterwards, the lawmaker who is currently representing Jos North-North in the Plateau state House of Assembly, was charged to court in 2015.
The judge, Musa Kurya, on Tuesday, February 26, said there was no proof that the diploma submitted to INEC was originally obtained from the said university. The judge said based on submitted evidences by the registrar of the school, the certificate was indeed fake, saying the proof is “true and uncontroversial."
He said: “I wonder (why) a person whose diploma certificate is proved to have been forged (is) sitting and making law. I wonder the laws that he will make for the development of his constituency and by extension, the state as a whole."
Justice Kurya also granted all the prayers asked by Saleh, and ruled that the embattled lawmaker was unqualified to be a lawmaker.
He then ordered Saleh who came second place in the primary election be sworn in as the lawmaker's replacement.
The judge also disqualified all other certificates that were gained through the fake diploma, as he awarded N5 million as legal fees and N25 million as general damages against the sacked lawmaker.
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Kurya also asked the Department of State Security Services (DSS), the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the state House of Assembly to be aware of the passed judgement.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Kano state Police Command arrested a federal lawmaker representing Kuru/Bebeji constituency in the House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jibrin, over an attack on the convoy of a former governor of the state, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
According to reports, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 1, Dan Bature, and the state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Wakili ordered the arrest of the lawmaker after visiting the scene of the attack on Friday, February 22.
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