The convicts and six others forged National Examinations Council’s SSCE Certificate and other documents

Nine persons, including three National examinations Council (NECO) staff, have been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment each for forgery by a Chief Magistrate Court 11 Minna, Niger State.

The convicts were arraigned on a three count charge of forgery of the Council?s SSCE Certificate.

Hassan Ayuba, one of the 10 arraigned before the court who pleaded not guilty to the three count charges was ordered to be remanded in prison custody for further hearing.

The nine others who pleaded guilty to the charges and were summarily sentenced were 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, who were NECO staff.

Ahmed Danladi, the prosecutor 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.

According to the prosecutor, the culprits 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 at prices ranging from N10,000 and above.

The third count charge is for counterfeiting an official seal of NECO for the purpose of authenticating the forged documents, an offence the prosecutor said is contrary to sections 364 and 367 of the state penal code under section 79.

The convicts pleaded for the court to be lenient on them being a first offender, married with lots of dependants.

The prosecutor 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 yield to their plea describing the offence as grievous, noting that the punishment will serve as a deterrent to others involved in the same illegal trade.

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