By CrossRiverWatch Admin
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has described as “altered and invalid,” the results and certificate it allegedly issued to the Chairman, Special Presidential Investigative Panel for the Recovery of Property, Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla.
Mr. Obono-Obla is also the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on prosecution.
The Registrar of the sub regional examinations body, Dr. Iyi Uwadiae disclosed this while testifying before the House of Representatives adhoc Panel investigating Mr. Obono-Obla’s alleged certificate forgery where he said what was presented as Mr. Obla’s certificate has been invalidated by an alteration reports DailyTrust Newspapers.
He was represented by a Deputy Registrar of the examinations body, Mr. Femi Ola.
“Considering the results, particularly on what is before me, I would say what I have brought here is the authentic and genuine one; his is not because it has been altered and such alteration renders it invalid,” Mr Ola told the panel.
“From our record, the genuine candidate is Ofem Okoi Ofem, 09403/247 of MaryKnoll College, Ogoja. The exam number and number of subjects are the same. The difference is the grade in English literature in which he claimed to have scored C6 despite being marked absent in the true, certified copy,” he added.
MaryKnoll college is presently in Yala local government area after the local government area was created and Okuku, where the institution which was established in 1953 is located, annexed from Ogoja.
However, when asked how he would qualify Obono-Obla’s results, Mr. Ola said it was; “fake, not genuine.”
The chairman of the adhoc committee, Mr. Aliyu Pategi (APC, Kwara) commended WAEC for striving to maintain its “integrity and probity.”
He added that the implication was that Mr. Obono-Obla gained admission to the University of Jos with a fake WAEC result.
CrossRiverWatch has reached Mr. Obono-Obla for comments.
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