4 UNIABUJA students to face trial over certificate forgery

Funmi Lawrence

The University of Abuja has handed over four students of the university to the National Examinations Council (NECO) for prosecution for allegedly forging NECO certificates.

The four suspects were said to have reportedly used the NECO results to gain admission into the university but eventually discovered when the council embarked on screening to the university.

The screening by NECO was an ongoing exercise in some higher institutions in the country.

The students were arrested by the police over certificate forgery in October 2019 and taken to NECO Headquarters, Minna, Niger State, for questioning.

The charge against them read, “That you, Effiong Etim, with June 2017 NECO, Solomon Victor with June 2017 NECO, Abdulkabir Mohammad with June 2012 NECO and Yakubu Adama with June 2016 NECO; that these certificates upon which you gained admission or sought admission into the University of Abuja are forged certificates. You are thereby suspected to have committed the above offence.”

The council however said that the move was to overhaul its certificate issuance in order to ensure that only credible certificates are issued to the public.

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