ICPC arraigns NSCDC official over fake certificate
Anthony Damisa, a member of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps' Niger State Command, was charged on Wednesday by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission with forgery and making a false statement.
Damisa was scheduled to appear in front of Justice M. E. Anenih of the Federal Capital Territory High Court 3 in Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria's capital.
Mrs Azuka Ogugua, the ICPC's spokesperson, revealed this on Thursday in a statement obtained by our correspondent.
The ICPC alleges in Charge No: CR/348/2022 filed before the trial court that the accused used a forged Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration from Enugu State University of Science and Technology and a forged National Diploma Certificate in General Agriculture from the College of Agriculture, Yandev, Benue State to seek higher placement in the NSCDC.
The ICPC also informed the court about how the investigation revealed that the certificates presented by the defendant to his employer did not come from the claimed institutions.
In a four-count charge, the commission also accuses the defendant of making false statements to ICPC officers while on official duty.
His actions violate Section 366 and are punishable under Section 364 of the Penal Code Act, Cap 89 of the Laws of the FCT, and Section 25 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.
Ogugua also stated that when the charges were read to him, the accused person entered a "not guilty" plea, and his counsel Ibrahim Alhassan then filed a bail application on his client's behalf, which the prosecution counsel, Ebiye Oglafa, did not oppose.
The accused was then granted bail in the sum of N2 million, with a surety in the same amount who must be a civil servant at or above grade level 10.
He was also ordered to deposit his International Passport or Driver's License, as well as two passport photographs, and the hearing was rescheduled for April 4, 2023.
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