The intervention of the Independent
Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) in
the education sector got a boost when
it successfully prosecuted and secured
a conviction against a former top
officer of Federal Polytechnic, Offa, in Kwara State, Iliya Philemon Hassan, for
presenting a fake Master’s Degree
certificate to his employers and for
perjury.
Hassan, a former Director of Works at
the Polytechnic, was sentenced to three months for each offence and
fined N150,000 for falsely claiming to
have a Master’s Degree in his
curriculum vitae.
A statement signed by the
commission’s head of media, Folu Olamiti, and made available to
Newsmen Friday, said an Ilorin High
Court presided over by the Chief
Judge of the State, Justice J.
Bamigbola, sent Hassan to jail on June
25, 2013, after he was found guilty on a three-count charge of lying. Hassan
had claimed in his resume, submitted
to the Registrar of the Federal
Polytechnic, that he had a Master’s
Degree in Building Construction
Technology from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU).
The offence is punishable under
Section 25 of the ICPC Act, 2000. The
accused will spend his jail term in
Madala Prison in Ilorin and the
sentence is to run concurrently.

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