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Former NIS officer arrested by ICPC over certificate fraud

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Imam Aminu NIS

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Imam Aminu, a retired Chief Superintendent of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has been arraigned over an alleged certificate fraud by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

 

Aminu who was accused of forging a National Diploma Certificate in Public Administration from the Kaduna State Polytechnic and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from the University of Calabar, was arraigned on a four charge before Honourable Justice A.O. Abong of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court 18, sitting in Gwagwalada, Abuja.

 

ICPC counsel, Mashkur Salisu Esq informed the court of how the defendant had used the aforementioned forged certificates to enlist into the NIS as well as advance his career to the rank of a Chief Superintendent.

 

Actions of the former Immigration Officer’s action is said to be contrary to Section 364 of the Penal Code, and if he is found guilty, he shall be liable to a prison term of not less than 14 years.

 

Imam however pleaded not guilty to the charges. When the prosecution asked for a date for hearing and for the accused to be remanded in Kuje prison pending the hearing, Imam’s counsel moved a bail application in his favour.

 

He was granted bail in the sum of N500,000 and a surety in like sum who must reside within the jurisdiction of the court. He was also ordered to deposit his travel documents at the court’s registry.

 

The case has been adjourned to 9th of November 2021 for commencement of trial.

The Immigration Department was established by an Act of Parliament (Cap 171, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) on August 1, 1963 when Alhaji Shehu Shagari was the Minister of Internal Affairs (a position now referred to as Minister of Interior).


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