The National Examination Council (NECO), is set to arraign four students from the university of Abuja for alleged certificate forgery used in gaining admission into the university.
According to the prosecutor, Chijioke Chigozie, about 9 students of the university have so far been arrested, while the remaining nine are still under investigation.
The suspects are Effiong Theresa Etim, Solomon Victor, Abdulkabir Mohammad, and Yakubu Joy Adama.
Meanwhile, a one count charge has been preferred against the students by the police.
According to the charge sheet sighted by our reporters, the offence contravened Section 364 of the penal code.
The one count charge read: ” On the 18, October, 2019, the registrar of the university of Abuja laid a complaints to the AIG zone 7 headquarters Abuja for investigation.
“It revealed that you Effiong Theresa Etim with June 2017 NECO SSC No. 501569013, Solomon Victor June 2017 NECO SSC No. 10506512111, Abdulkabir Mohammad with June 2012 NECO SSC No. 105016543 and Yakubu Joy Adama with June 2016 NECO SSC No. 597472720.
“That these certificate upon which you gained admission or sought admission into university of Abuja are forged certificates. you are thereby suspected to have committed the above offense”.
The arrest is sequel to an ongoing screening exercise embarked upon by NECO in all the higher institutions in the country leadi to the arrest of the suspects in October 2019.
The move according to the examination body was to overhaul the institutions and its certificate issuance in order to ensure that only credible certificates are issued to the public.
This is to send a strong message to students out there using fake NECO certificates”, a source from NECO said.
The case is yet to be assigned to a judge.