House of Reps member imprisoned for ‘certificate forgery’ 


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Ijeoma Ojukwu, a judge of a federal high court in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, has ordered the remand of Nse Ekpenyong, member representing Oron federal constituency, for allegedly forging some academic certificates. 

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EFCC had arraigned Ekpenyong on a 9-count charge of forgery and alteration of documents. He was alleged to have forged an Abia state polytechnic’s ordinary national diploma (OND) certificate. 

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The commission also accused Ekpenyong of altering a December 1999 WASSCE, which he presented before an electoral tribunal, claiming that the certificates were genuine. 

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The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to him. Ojukwu granted the defendant bail in the sum of N10m, with one surety in like sum and ordered him to remain in custody pending the perfection of his bail.

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