Nine persons including three
National examinations Council
(NECO) staff have been
sentenced to 12yrs imprison
each for forgery.
One of the 10 arraigned before a
Chief Magistrate Court 11 Minna,
Hassan Ayuba who pleaded not
guilty to the three court charges
was ordered to be reminded in
prison custody for further
hearing.
The nine others who pleaded
guilty to the charges were
summarily sentenced. Those
sentenced are Kashim Danladi
Tauhid, Ahmed Tijjani, Philip
Emenike Ubanatu, Abdulsalam
Mohammed Babangida, Ahmed
Sanni while Nehemiah Andrew,
Umaru Aliyu and Christian Moses
A.K.A Danjuma Musa are NECO
staff.
Prosecutor, Ahmed Danladi who
is also the principal state counsel
in the state Ministry of justice
had arraigned the culprits on a
three count charge of forgery of
the Council’s SSCE Certificate,
forged over 730 Nos of the
Council’s Certificate, over 427
Nos of NECO Examination slip
print out, Niger state Certificate
of indigeneship, 5 Nos statement
result of the state College of
Education and other documents
for the purpose of selling to
various agents and buyers
ranging from N10,000, N25,000
and above. The third count
charge is for counterfeiting an
official seal of NECO for the
purpose of authenticating the
forged documents.
The offences are contrary to
sections 364 and 367 of the
penal code under section 79. The
prosecutor had prayed the court
to sanction them accordingly
since they have pleaded guilty to
the charges.
Chief magistrate, Hassan
Mohammed therefore sentenced
them to four years each on the
three count charges and did not
accede to their plea describing
the offence as grievous and that
the punishment will serve as a
deterrent to others involved in
the same illegal trade.
The convicts had pleaded for the
court to be lenient on them
being a first offender, married
with a lot of dependents on
them.

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