Court convicts NSCDC official of certificate forgery

Court convicts NSCDC official of certificate forgery

Idowu Olamide, a member of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), was found guilty of certificate forgery by the Ogun State High Court. Idowu was found guilty of fabricating a National Diploma certificate in order to gain an office upgrade, according to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC). The defendant was charged with “knowingly giving a false statement to the indictment charges” and “committing an alleged crime contrary to Section 25(1) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, punishable under Section 25(1) (b) of the same Act.”

The court was told how the convict presented a forged National Diploma Certificate in Automobile Engineering from Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State, to NSCDC to be upgraded to senior cadre.

Idowu who entered a “not guilty plea” when the charge was read to him in June 2021, changed his plea during trial by approaching the court with a prayer for a plea bargain which was granted by the trial judge, A. A. Akinyemi.

The charge was then amended from two counts to one, which centered on making false statement with the intent to deceive a government agency. Following a passionate plea by his counsel, the trial judge, A. A. Akinyemi convicted him on a non-prison committal sentence of a fine of N100,000.

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