The National Examination Council (NECO), has concluded plans to prosecute four students of the University of Abuja for allegedly forging their NECO results to gain admission into the university.
The students; Effiong Theresa Etim, Solomon Victor, Abdulkabir Mohammad, and Yakubu Joy Adama, were handed over to NECO for prosecution by the management of the University, and are expected to be arraigned this week in a court sitting in Abuja.
Their arrest followed an ongoing screening exercise embarked upon by NECO on all the higher institutions in Nigeria, which led to the arrest of nine suspects in October 2019. However, some of the suspects are still under investigation.
According to the prosecutor, Chijioke Chigozie, the students have since been picked up by the police and detained in Minna, Niger State where NECO has its headquarters.
The move was aimed at sending a strong and clear message to students using fake NECO certificates, as well as overhauling institutions and its certificate issuance to ensure only credible certificates were issued to the public.
Meanwhile, the charge sheet sighted by our correspondent has preferred a one count charge against the students by the police.
The one count charge read: ‘’ On the 18, October, 2019, the Registrar of the University of Abuja laid a complaints to the AIG Zone 7 headquarters Abuja for investigation.
“It revealed that you Effiong Theresa Etim with June 2017 NECO SSC no 501569013, Solomon Victor June 2017 NECO SSC no: 10506512111, Abdulkabir Mohammad with June 2012 NECO SSC no: 105016543 and Yakubu Joy Adama with June 2016 NECO SSC no:597472720.”
“That these certificate upon which you gained admission or sought admission into University of Abuja are forged certificates. you are thereby suspected to have committed the above offence.”