It has emerged that the military officer, Captain Tijjani Balarabe, who precipitated the killing of security operatives in the ill-fated initial arrest of alleged kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala, aka Wadume, in Taraba State enlisted in the army using a fake O/Level certificate.
Balarabe, according to Daily Trust, paraded a secondary school certificate that was not his with the lid on the crime blowing off when he applied for an upgrade of his rank and be a commissioned officer.
Quoting the paper: “His application scaled through and he was shortlisted. During a screening exercise at Jaji, however, his certificates were found ‘questionable.’ It was said that the secondary school certificate he presented to the screening board belonged to someone else. “For that, he was detained in the guardroom for over a year.”
The incident the report said happened in early 2000s while the infamous soldier was a sergeant.