The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned Imam Aminu, a retired Chief Superintendent of Nigeria Immigration Service, over alleged forgery of academic certificates.
According to a four-count brought before Justice A.O. Abong of the Federal Capital Territory High Court 18, sitting in Gwagwalada, Abuja, the commission said the former immigration officer forged a National Diploma Certificate in Public Administration from the Kaduna State Polytechnic and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from the University of Calabar.
The counsel for the commission, Mashkur Salisu, informed the court how the defendant used the fake certificates to enlist into NIS as well as advanced his career to the position of a Chief Superintendent.
The ICPC in charge No: CR/821/2021 told the court that Aminu’s action was contrary to Section 364 of the Penal Code, and if he is found guilty, he shall be serving a sentence of not less than 14 years.
The retired Chief Superintendent pleaded not guilty to the four-count charge.
Azuka Ogugua, the ICPC representative, in a statement issued on Tuesday, said that the prosecution counsel asked for a date for hearing and for the accused to be detained in Kuje prison pending hearing.
The defendant’s counsel, however, moved a bail application in favour of the accused.
The statement said, “The trial court granted Mr Aminu bail in the sum of N500,000 and a surety in like sum, who must reside within the jurisdiction of the court. He was also ordered to deposit his travel documents at the court’s registry.”
The case was adjourned till November 9 for commencement of trial.