Written by Chuks NZEH

Kogi reps member in alleged certificate forgery

A serving member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Lawal Idris, has been invited by the police over alleged forgery and inconsistencies in his certificate and documents.

The Kogi state-born politician, who is representing Ajaokuta Federal Constituency, is expected to report to the office of the Nigeria Police Intelligence Response Unit, IRU, located at the Old Abattoir in Garki Area of Abuja, as part of fresh investigations into alleged irregularities in his certificate and other documents.

House of Representatives aspirant in the recent primaries of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kogi state, Mr. Yusuf Balogun, had petitioned the Inspector General of Police alleging irregularities, inconsistencies and forgery in the lawmaker’s certificate and document.

The aspirant, who contested alongside Idris for the Ajaokuta Federal Constituency, had prayed the Police boss to institute an investigation of the lawmaker’s particulars.

The petition titled: Petition Against Irregularities, Inconsistencies and Forgery in Hon Lawal Idris Certificate and Documents, was dated October 18, 2018, and was stamped and acknowledged by the office of the IGP on Oct 24, 2018.

It read in part: “Hon Lawal Idris in a sworn affidavit with INEC in form CF 001 in years 2014 claimed to be born in the United Kingdom while in an attached declaration of age to the said form he was born in Ajaokuta.

“Hon Lawal Idris is bearing five different names in his various documents but swore Statutory Affidavit to Fact to bearing three different names: Lawal Muhammadu Idris, Lawal Alhaji Idris, and Lawal Muhammed Idris

“Whereas in his APC membership card and State of Origin Form he is bearing Lawal Idris, in one of his 2014 tax receipt he is bearing Idris Lawal.”

The petition further stated that: “Hon Lawal Idris forged his WAEC result. The WAEC result he used in the affidavit sworn with INEC in year 2014 where he passed six subjects were forged and was contested in court by the PDP in 2015.

“The exam he actually wrote himself in Government Secondary School, Ilorin, where he failed all four subjects in year 1980.”

The House of Representatives aspirant prayed the police boss that: “In view of the above, I plead for investigation of the said Hon Lawal Idris and his particulars especially as per place of birth and educational qualification.”

Our correspondent checks revealed that Hon Idris, who was declared winner of the party’s House of Representatives primary, had been investigated by the General Investigation Section of the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Lagos, in 2017, following a petition by one Mr. Aloysius A. Okino.

The section, in the course of its investigation, was said to have written the Registrar, Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, to confirm if Lawal Idris was a registered student of the institution and the genuineness of a National Diploma Certificate in Business Administration with Lower Credit, reportedly awarded him on June 26, 1987.

The institution in a letter dated April 12, 2017, from its registrar and signed by one Mrs. Adenuga Adijat O.A., reportedly disowned the said certificated.

According to her, “Please be informed that Lawal Mohammed Idris was not a registered student of the college and the attached certificate which was said to have been issued to him did not emanate from Yaba College of Technology.”

Our correspondent could not reach the lawmaker as at the time of going to press, however, Hon Idris had in a press statement by his lawyers on October 2, 2018, in reaction to a publication in an on-line media, debunked the allegations of forgery against him.

The statement was signed by Lead Counsel, Legacy Chambers, Danladi A. Ochekpe; and S.A., Media and Publicity to Legacy Chambers, Aaron Mike Odeh.

It read in part: “We wish to draw the attention of the general public and the author of this publication to know that; the said certificate forgery as alleged to have been forged by Hon. Lawal Idrissu is no longer a fresh news in view of the fact that the case first came up in the year 2015 during the build-up to the general elections, which Hon Lawal Idrissu fully participated and won the House of Representative sit to represent Ajaokuta Federal Constituency in Kogi state.

“Then, the case got to the election tribunal and the election appeal tribunal both exonerated him of any wrong doing… The attention of the NPF was drawn to it based on the petition submitted by this group of unscrupulous political charlatans.

“In the course of their investigations, the management of the school hinted on the NPF that Hon Lawal Idrissu actually graduated from Yaba Tech. They further went on by presenting to the Nigeria Police Force the examination number of Alhaji Lawal Idrissu concerning the alleged forged certificate.”

 

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