Former Deputy Speaker Plateau Assembly Accused Of Certificate Forgery ,As Court Adjourns To April For Ruling

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Yakubu Busari

Former Deputy Speaker of Plateau State House of Assembly under Governor Jonah David Jang in 2007, Hon. Ibrahim Baba Hassan has been accused of alleged certificate forgery in Plateau state.

The member who claims to be a graduate of University of Jos was disclaimed by the senate of the university that he has was never their student and distanced themselves from the said certificate.

A Federal High Court sitting in Jos, has adjourned the case to 5th April,2016 for judgment on certificate scandal involving three time member representing Jos North/North’ constituency of Plateau state.

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In its Monday sitting at the State High Court in Jos the Plateau state capital, Justice Haruna Musa Kurya said on the 5th April 2016, the court will the case of certificate scandal which was filed by Abdul Nasir Saleh, an APC aspirant in the last general election challenging the election of Hon. Ibrahim Baba Hassan, a member representing Jos North/North constituency in the Plateau state House of Assembly.

Justice Kurya, who presided over the matter while giving the date for the final judgment on the case, also granted a motion for amendment on the originated document requested by the plaintiff.

The judge, Judge also stroke out the objection by the council to the defendant, Solomon Umoh (SAN), requesting the court to dismiss the plaintiff’s request on “motion for amendment” on the grounds that it (the amendment) if allowed would put in a new case which the council to the plaintiff, urged the Judge to ignore the submission of the SAN.

Council to the plaintiff, David Ibeawuchi had on the 4th of December last year applied for a motion for amendment on the originated documents to help him provide supported evidence upon his claim against the defendant which the presiding Judge, Justice Haruna Musa Kurya ruled that the originated document be amended as requested by the council to the plaintiff.

Saleh who is the plaintiff has since February 2nd 2015 filed a case challenging the eligibility of hon. Hassan who is the first dependant to contest for the last general election, accusing that Hassan submitted “forged diploma certificate in Business Administration” to the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC).

Consequent upon this, the plaintiff is seeking for a determination on the issue whether a candidate with forged certificate could be recognised to contest an election.

According to the presiding Judge while ruling on the amendment said, “this is a political case “and by its nature, it does not need to take longer time to be dealt with, vowing to end the case in the next sitting because the era of technicality is gone.

However, after the ruling on motion for amendment, J. E Okonkwo, who represented the learned SAN at the hearing, asked the court for more time to allow Umoh to have a look at the granted amendment before opening the case.

In an interview with the council to the plaintiff, he said that his client has all the necessary evidence to prove the allegation against the first respondent.

The case has been adjourned to 5th April 2016, for final ruling.

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