FED HIGH COURT (FHC) Sacks, Hon. Ibrahim Baba Hassan (Plateau State Lawmaker) Over Certificate Forgery

By: Valentine Adese (JP),

The Federal High sitting in Jos has sacked Hon. Ibrahim Baba Hassan, a Plateau State lawmaker, from the parliament, over certificate forgery.

The lawmaker had attached and submitted the certificate in his 2015 Affidavit of Personal Data, to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) claiming he had obtained it from university of Jos.

The sacked lawmaker, who is currently representing Jos North-North in the Plateau state House of Assembly, was dragged to Court since 2015, by Abdul Nasir Saleh, challenging the authenticity of his Diploma Certificate in Business, which he claimed to have obtained from the University of Jos.

You would recall that Saleh had contested party primaries with the sacked lawmaker on the platform of All Progressive Congress (APC) in 2015, where he came second.

You would also recall that REALITY had reported that, the Registrar of the University of Jos , Monday Danje, had in his testimony before the Court, while giving evidence on the matter, disowned the Diploma Certificate claimed to have been issued by the University.

The Court in its judgment today has ordered the sacked lawmaker to return all the salaries and allowances he collected, while serving as a lawmaker to the state government.

BABA HASSAN

The presiding Judge, Justice Musa Kurya on Tuesday in his judgment on the matter said there is no trace of proof that the Diploma Certificate submitted to INEC by Mr Hassan is genuinely obtained from University Jos.

Kurya said based on the direct and oral evidence submitted by the Registrar of Unijos before the Court, it is true that, the certificate presented by the embattled lawmaker to INEC in 2015 was not obtained from the said institution, adding that the evidence giving by the Registrar “is true and uncontroversial. ”

The Judge also in his ruling said “I wonder how a person whose Diploma Certificate is proved to have been forged is sitting and making law. I wonder the laws that he will make for the development of his constituency and by extension, the state as a whole?”

Kurya further in his ruling granted all the prayers sought for by the Plaintiff.

SEE THE PRAYERS OF THE PLAINTIFF, ABDUL SALEH, IN PART BELOW:-

” That the information that the 1st Defendant possess a Diploma in Business Administration (Lower Credit) from the University of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria on 26 of November 1996 which the 1st Defendant stated and suppleid in Affidavit in support of Personal Particulars of Persons seeking election to Office/Membership of Plateau State House of Assembly in respect of Jos North-North Constituency of Plateau State sworn in the Registry of the High Court, on the 16th December, 2014 to the Independent National Electoral Commission is false.

” That the 1st Defendant was not qualified to contest election into Plateau State House of Assembly in respect of Jos North-North Constituency in view of the fact that the information that the 1st Defendant possesses is false. .

“That the plaintiff is the rightful candidate of the 2nd Defendant ( APC) in the election into the Plateau State House of Assembly in respect of the Jos North-North Constituency of Plateau State held on the 11″1 April, 2015, being the onIy qualified aspirant in the Primary Election held by the 2nd Defendant to nominate its candidate for the said election concerning the Plateau State House of Assembly in respect of Jos North Constituency of Plateau State, to have contested the said election.

“An Order disqualifying the 1St Defendant as the Candidate of the 2nd Defendant ( APC) for election to the Plateau State House of Assembly in respect of Jos North-North Constituency of Plateau State held on the 11th April, 2015, on the ground of violation of Section 31 (5) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) and non fulfilment of the constitutional requirement to conduct the said election.

“An Order directing the 3rd Defendant ( INEC) to accept and recognise forthwith the name of the Plaintiff as the legitimate Candidate of the 2nd Defendant for the 2015 elections into the State House of Assembly for Jos North-North Constituency in plateau State.

“5000,000.00 (Five Million Naira) being the total legal fees for prosecuting this matter from inception.

“25,000,000.00 (Twenty Five Million Naira), as General Damages.

“150,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) being the cost of filing his action, ” the prayer added.

Kurya however submitted that other additional degree certificates obtained by the accused using the contentious diploma which has been proved to be forged “can’t build something out of nothing.”

Justice Kurya called on the Department of State Security Services (DSS), the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) and State House of Assembly to take not of the judgment.

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