Certificate forgery: Court dismisses case against Niger governor

By Ummi Ismaeel,
A Federal High Court sitting in Minna, Niger State capital has dismissed a case of Certificate forgery against the state Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello.
The suit was filed by the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Niger State who alleged that Governor Bello submitted forged certificates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The charges were filed on January 11, 2019.

The presiding judge, Justice Aminu Aliyu, upheld the objections of the defendants that the suit having being filed outside 14 days runs foul of Section 285 (9) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
The Court held that the plaintiff has failed to establish that Sani Bello presented forged certificate to the INEC as the sole witness called by PDP was demolished under cross-examination by the defendants’ counsel.
The Court therefore held that the plaintiff’s case was devoid of merit, dismissed the same and awarded cost of N500, 000 to the 1st and 2nd defendants.

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