A Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has ordered the detention of a House of Representatives member representing Oron Federal Constituency, Hon. Nse Ekpenyong, who was arraigned for alleged certificate forgery pending when his bail conditions would be perfected.
The presiding judge, Ijeoma Ojukwu, granted the lawmaker, who had pleaded not guilty to all the charges bail in the sum of N10m, and adjourned the case to April 12.
Mr. Ekpenyong was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on nine count charges, which include forging of a national diploma of Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, Abia State, and doctoring his WAEC Result.
The charges read in part, “That you Nse Bassey Ekpenyong on or about November 22, 2012, at Uyo, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did make a document to wit: Abia State Polytechnic National Diploma Certificate in Business Administration with No. 001181 dated November 22, 2012 with intent that it may be acted upon as genuine which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (2) (C) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M 17 of the Revised Edition (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) 2007 and punishable under section 1 (2) of the same Act.”