House of Reps member remanded in prison for alleged certificate forgery

by Dolapo Adelana

A member of the House of Representatives, Nse Ekpenyong has been remanded in Uyo Prisons for failing to fulfil the bail conditions.

Ekpenyong, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, representing Oron Federal Constituency, Akwa Ibom State was arraigned on Thursday before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Uyo, for alleged certificate forgery.

He was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on a nine-count charge for allegedly forging a national ordinary diploma certificate of the Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, Abia State.

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The judge granted him bail in the sum of N10 million and a surety in like sum.

Delivering her ruling, the bail conditions said the surety must deposit with the court the sum of N5 million which would be forfeited if Mr. Ekpenyong fails to appear in court twice in the course of the case.

The court also asked that the surety must provide a three-year tax clearance certificate from 2014 to 2016.

Lawyer for the anti-graft agency, Ahmedu Arogha confirmed that the lawmaker was not able to meet up with the bail conditions and was sent to the Uyo Prisons by the time he (Mr. Arogha) left the court premises at about 1.30pm.

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