The global centre for conscious living against corruption has brought a case against the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC asking the court to order the police to investigate the allegation of certificate forgery and perjury. The case against General Buhari on certificate forgery comes up at the federal high court, Abuja on Tuesday.
In the suit no PHC/ABJ/CS/172 2015the group and a business man Gabriel Nwambu had asked the court to order the Inspector General of Police, IGP to investigate the alleged West Africa School Certificate claims of General Buhari at the Provincial secondary school, Katsina in line with the statutory responsibilities of the police.
Counsel to the plaintiffs , professor Andrew Chukwuemerie had asked the court to determine ‘ whether having regard to the meaning and intendment of section 214(1)(2)(a and b) of the 1999 constitution (as amended) and sections 2 and 4 of the police act volume 13 CAP 19 Law of Nigeria, thereof, it is constitutional ,lawful, legal and permissible for the police to investigate the alleged acquisition and possession of the west African school certificate in 1961 obtained at the provincial secondary school katsina by major general Buhari, having not produced same and neither is it with the Nigerian Army authorities nor can it be found in the archives of the records and aptitude test department of west African examinations council, Accra, Ghana.
They also said ‘the defendant (police) refused, failed and neglected to perform its constitutional, legal and statutory responsibility to investigate the matter after due demand for performance of such by the plaintiffs.’
The plaintiffs also said that Buhari had lied on oath, when he told INEC that his secondary school certificate was with the military authority and they have denied having the certificate. The judge, Justice Abdulkadir Kafarati had ordered an accelerated hearing and directed the IGP to enter his defence.
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