Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Community Rejects Al-Makura's Nomination, Alleges Certificate Forgery

Lafia — Members of Karu local government area of Nasarawa State have rejected the nomination from their area, by Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura for appointment as commissioner and member of the State Executive Council (SEC), alleging that the nominee is bearing fake academic records.

Members of Karu Concerned Citizens (KCC), a pressure group - five of which signed a petition to the Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly (NSHA), against the nomination - alleged that Mr Angama Aninge Weibey, the commissioner nominee, forged his educational records.

Signed by Alhaji Audi Babo Panda, Mallam Nalado Haruna, Mr Istifanus Haruna, Mallam Alhassan Umar, and Mallam Yusuf Ardo; the petition alleged that investigation by the petitioners showed that the degree certificate the nominee is using is fake because it does not bear the Vice Chancellor's signature, just as the petition alleged that the graduation list of 1987 for which Weibey claims as his year of graduation, does not include his name.

The April 4 petition which was copied the governor, security agencies and Weibey himself, alleged that the commissioner nominee's NYSC letter of exemption is fake because going by his declaration of age, he was 29 at the time of graduation, and was still within the age range to go for the compulsory national service.

The petition alleged that Weibey, a Director of Finance in the state civil service, has repeatedly refused to submit himself for previous staff audits, one of which, had in 2004, recommended the state government to demote him to Grade Level 06 for lack of requisite qualification to occupy the position of director.

"With this unfolding scenario, it is very clear that Mr. Angama Weibey is not fit to occupy any public office talk more of being appointed as a member of Nasarawa State Executive Council," the petition said.

But Weibey told Sunday Trust on phone that "they [petitioners] are false...I told you they are false." He refused to make explanations.

House committee chairman on information, Mohammed Baba Ibaku (PDP, Udege/Loko), confirmed the petition is against Weibey saying, "There is no school we cannot go to. If we find out that he forged his educational qualifications, he is screened out. We can also hand him over to security agencies for investigation and prosecution."

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