House of Reps Member Remanded in Prison Over Certificates Forgery

A Federal High Court in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has ordered the reman of Nse Ekpenyong, member representing Oron Federal Constituency, at the House of Representatives, for allegedly forging some academic certificates.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Ekpenyong on a 9-count charge of forgery and alteration of documents.
He was alleged to have forged an Abia State Polytechnics ordinary National Diploma (OND) certificate.
The commission also accused Ekpenyong of altering a December 1999 West African Examination School Certificate (WASSCE), which he presented before an electoral tribunal, claiming that the certificates were genuine.
After the charges were were read to him, he pleaded not guilty.
However, his counsel, Emmanuel Isangidoho, told the court that he had filed an application for the bail of his client, and urged the court to admit him to bail.
The trial Judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, after listening to the bail application granted the defendant bail in the sum of N10m, with one surety in like sum.
The Judge said the surety must depose to an affidavit of means, provide two recent passports photograph and three years tax clearance certificate.
The surety was also asked to write an undertaken to produce the defendant throughout the trial, while the registrar was asked to verify all the documents of the surety.
Ojukwu ordered that the defendant remain in custody pending the perfection of his bail.
The case has been adjourned to April 26 for trial.

Author: News Editor

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