Idowu Olamide, a member of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), was found guilty of certificate forgery by the Ogun State High Court.
Idowu was found guilty of fabricating a National Diploma certificate in order to gain an office upgrade, according to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
The convict was accused of “knowingly making a false statement to the indictment charges” and committing an alleged offence contrary to Section 25(1) of Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and punishable under Section 25(1) (b) of the same Act”.
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The court heard how the defendant submitted NSCDC with a counterfeit National Diploma Certificate in Automobile Engineering from Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State, in order to be promoted to senior cadre.
When the accusation was read to him in June 2021, Idowu submitted a “not guilty plea,” but during the trial, he modified his plea by addressing the court with a plea bargain request, which was granted by the trial judge, A. A. Akinyemi.
The charge was eventually reduced from two to one count, with the focus on making false statements with the intent to defraud a government entity.
After a passionate plea by his lawyer, the trial judge, A. A. Akinyemi, found him guilty and sentenced him to a fine of N100,000.