- Honourable Lawal Idirisu has denied reports of an allegation that he forged his National Diploma certificate
- The lawmaker said the report on a fresh certificate forgery suit against him is pure blackmail and malicious
- According to the lawmaker, the publication is purely politically motivated as the issue of the alleged forgery against Idirisu has since been settled by superior courts
The lawmaker representing Ajaokuta federal constituency in Kogi state, Lawal Idirisu, on Saturday, February 22, said the report on a fresh certificate forgery suit against him is pure blackmail and malicious.
Idirisu's counsel, Tawada Adams, said the publication was intended to mislead the Nigerian Police and the general public on the matter.
Adams said publication is purely politically motivated as the issue of the alleged forgery against Idirisu has since been settled by superior courts of the land.
He said the report is coming from unminded people who have tried through the courts without success and have now resorted to cheap blackmail, despite the clear position of the courts on this issue.
Adams said: "It is worthy of note that the following cases have addressed the nagging issues of forgery of national diploma certificate and West African Examination certificates against Hon. Aloysius Okino Adeiza: Court of appeal Abuja, in CA/A/EPT/647/2015; Court of Appeal Abuja, in CA/A/408/2019; Federal High Court Abuja, in FHC/ABJ/CS/1264/2018; Supreme Court, In SC/894/2019; High Court Abuja, in FCT/HC/CV/724/2019 (particularly at page 25 lines 11 to 16 of the said Judgment) and Court of Appeal Abuja, in CA/A/EPT/852/2019 (particularly at page 10 lines 3 to 10 of the said Judgment)."
He also urged the general public to disregard the latest publication on the fresh suit, as it is "highly subjudice".
"We, therefore, contend that any other criminal allegation instituted on the same facts of forgery against Hon. Lawal Muhammadu Idirisu amounts to an abuse of court process, in which the complainant, Hon. Aloysius Okino Adeiza has been estopped from raising similar complaints," Adams said.
Prior to the lawmaker's reaction his colleague from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Aloysius Adeiza, had in 2015, challenged the qualification of Idirisu to contest the House of Representatives election.
Adeiza, however, lost the suit at both the tribunal sitting in Lokoja and the appellate court.
He also dragged Idirisu to the Federal High Court, Abuja and the Court of Appeal in 2019, alleging that the lawmaker forged his National Diploma certificate.
The appellate court in its ruling in June 2019, did not only dismiss Adeiza's appeal, but it also awarded a cost of N400,000 against him, for engaging in abuse of court process.
The Supreme Court of Nigeria had also dismissed the allegation of certificate forgery against Idirisu.
The matter, which has severally been adjudicated in favour of Idirisu of the All Progressive Congress (APC), by courts of competent jurisdiction, including the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court; was erroneously reported by an online publication on Thursday, February 20, 2020.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria had told members of the National Assembly that the public perception about them is negative.
The president said Nigerians saw the lawmakers as people who got too much money for doing little work.
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