Another Federal Lawmaker, Nse Ekpenyong, Arraigned For Certificate Forgery

A member of the House of Representatives, Nse Ekpenyong, was on Thursday arraigned at the Federal High Court, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, for alleged forgery of a polytechnic diploma.

Mr. Ekpenyong represents the Oron Federal Constituency, Akwa Ibom State.

The Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, which arraigned the federal lawmaker on nine count charges, accused him of forging a national diploma certificate of the Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, Abia State.

One of the charges read; “That you Nse Bassey Ekpenyong on or about 22 November 2012, at Uyo, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did make a document to wit: Abia State Polytechnic National Diploma Certificate in Business Administration with No. 001181 dated 22nd November, 2012 with intent that it may be acted upon as genuine which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (2) (C) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M 17 of the Revised Edition (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) 2007 and punishable under section 1 (2) of the same Act.”

Mr. Ekpenyong pleaded not guilty to the charges. And from the accused box, he watched as his lawyer, Emmanuel Isangedoho, argued for his bail which was opposed by the EFCC.

The presiding judge, Ijeoma Ojukwu, said the case would be treated speedily.

She granted the lawmaker bail in the sum of N10 million and adjourned the case to April 12.

The case is coming amid a controversy over the genuineness of the university certificate of a senator, Dino Melaye.


  1. Hassan Aderemi31 March, 2017 07:09

    I know & according to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nugeria, with O-level certificate you're qualified to occupy the highest(President) post in Nigeria,so why forgery & presentaion of fake certuficates? this certificate saga against our Senators & Honourables is portraying us bad light in the. face of international communities. We hope unbias investigation is carry out on all these certificate's saga to make somebody a scapegoat.

  2. Na waooo, forged certificate every were, dat means most of dem did not graduate

  3. Forgery and perjury among democratic officials, what's the way forward

  4. See our leaders? See their hand work? See the kind people that are leading us?

  5. Did they not go through due procedure

  6. Oladimeji Seun31 March, 2017 07:57

    Hmm. Expecting more.

  7. Expecting more gist on this issue

  8. A law should b enacted which guarantee certificate authenticity tru certificate verification of politicians wanting to vie a political post.


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