NECO to arraign four UniAbuja students over forgery
The National Examination Council, NECO, is set to arraign four students of the University of Abuja before an Abuja Magistrate Court on a one count charge of certificate forgery.
The students, who are being detained by the police in Minna, Niger State, allegedly used the forged certificates to gain admission into the university.
A charge sheet sighted by our correspondent stated that the offence commited by the students contravened section 364 of the penal code, which prescribes a jail term of up to 14 years with an option of fine or both, if convicted.
The suspects are: Effiong Theresa Etim, Solomon Victor, Abdulkabir Mohammad, and Yakubu Joy Adama.
''On the 18, October, 2019, the registrar of the university of Abuja laid a complaints to the AIG zone 7 headquarters Abuja for investigation.
"It revealed that you Effiong Theresa Etim with June 2017 NECO SSC no 501569013, Solomon Victor June 2017 NECO SSC no: 10506512111, Abdulkabir Mohammad with June 2012 NECO SSC no: 105016543 and Yakubu Joy Adama with June 2016 NECO SSC no:597472720.
"That these certificate upon which you gained admission or sought admission into university of Abuja are forged certificates. You are thereby suspected to have committed the above offence,” the charge read.
A source from the exam body told newsmen in Abuja that the move was the fallout of an ongoing screening exercise embarked upon by NECO on all the higher institutions in Nigeria which led to the arrest of the suspects in October 2019.
According to the source, NECO was overhauling its certificate issuance in order to ensure that only credible certificates are delivered to the public. “This is to send a strong message to students out there using fake NECO certificates,” it said.
Prosecutor of the case, Chijioke Chigozie, said about 9 students of the university have so far been arrested while others remaining were still under investigation, adding that those charged would likely be arraigned during the week.