In Ekiti 9 lawmakers to face trial over alleged certificate forgery

It was gathered that the DSS and the Police began investigating the lawmakers after receiving multiple petitions by aggrieved members of the PDP and the APC.

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The Federal Government is set to prosecute nine members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly for allegedly forging their academic results, Punch reports.

Report said the move follows the outcome of intensive investigation carried out by the Department of State Service (DSS) into the credentials submitted by the politicians to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during 2015 general elections.

It was gathered that the DSS and the Police began investigating the lawmakers after receiving multiple petitions by aggrieved members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party and the opposition party in the state, the All Progressives Congress.

“We have investigated the academic credentials of the lawmakers based on petitions sent to us by the politicians in the state," the newspaper quoted a security source as saying.

“The petitions were based on alleged false declaration of academic qualifications and alleged age falsification in the papers presented to the INEC.

“We have been able to know that petitions against nine members of the State House of Assembly are genuine."

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The source further said the DSS report has been presented to the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, which is expected to study it and charge the suspects to court accordingly.