Certificate Forgery: Court, UI Vindicate Obaseki

Kadiri Esther
Kadiri Esther
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Edo State Governor , Godwin Obaseki, was on Tuesday cleared by the management of the University of Ibadan of alleged forgery of his degree certificate brought against him by the All Progressives Congress following the recently concluded governorship election in the state.
Court hearing in the matter continues today ( Wednesday ) at a Federal High Court in Abuja .
The degree certificate was confirmed to have been issued to Obaseki by the institution in 1979 after his official graduation from the school.

Abayomi Ajayi , the Deputy Registrar, Legal Affairs, University of Ibadan who testified on subpoena , told Justice Ahmed Mohammed that the governor graduated from the university on the said date.

Relevant pages of UI calendar for 1976 , admission brochure for degrees, award of diplomas and certificates and Obaseki’ s application for admission and another one for collection of his certificate from the university were tendered by the witness and admitted as exhibits by the court.
The witness maintained that from the records of the university , Obaseki was admitted as a student through direct entry in 1976 through direct entry and graduated in 1979 .

Under cross examination by counsel for the APC , Chief Akin Olujimi ( SAN) , the witness said , “ I will not regard the photocopy of the original certificate as forged, but incomplete photocopy , because the certificate of the University of Ibadan is larger than the paper upon which the photocopy was made. ”
Earlier in his evidence, an unofficial advisor to Obaseki, Charity Aiguobarueghian had admitted making the disputed photocopy of the original degree certificate for his principal .
All the original copies of certificates , were admitted as exhibits by Justice Mohammed.

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