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ICPC arraigns NSCDC officer for alleged fake certificate

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) officer of Niger state command, Mr Anthony Damisa has been arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for alleged forgery and making of false statements. 

Damisa was arraigned before Justice M. E. Anenih of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court 3 sitting in Maitama, Abuja.

ICPC also informed the Court of how investigation activities revealed that the certificates presented by the defendant to his employer did not emanate from the claimed institutions.

ICPC, in a Charge No: CR/348/2022 filed before the trial court, is alleging that the accused person used a forged Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degree in Public Administration from Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) as well as a forged National Diploma Certificate in General Agriculture from the College of Agriculture, Yandev, Benue State to seek higher placement in the Corps.

The Commission in a 4-count charge, is accusing the defendant of making false statements to officers of ICPC while on their official duties.

ICPC claimed actions are against section 366 and are punished by both section 25 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and section 364 of the Penal Code Act, Cap 89, Laws of the FCT.

The accused person entered a not guilty plea after having the accusations read to him, and his attorney Ibrahim Alhassan then requested bail on behalf of his client while prosecution’s attorney, Ebiye Oglafa, did not object to this request.

The accused was subsequently granted bail in the amount of N2,000,000 with a N1,000,000 surety who had to be a civil servant with at least grade level 10.

Additionally, he had to leave two other documents in addition to his international passport or driver’s license.

The matter has been adjourned to the 4th of April 2023 for commencement of hearing. 

Writing by Fany Olumoye; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare