Former DG arraigned by ICPC for alleged PhD certificate fraud

The former acting Director-General of the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, FIIRO, Chima Igwe, has been arraigned before an Ikeja High Court over alleged certificate fraud.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the three-count charges levelled against him.

Igwe was alleged to have tendered an Attestation Letter signifying the completion of PhD programme from the University of Abomey Calavi, UAC, the Republic of Benin to the FIIRO.

He was also accused of using his office to confer an advantage upon himself, which is contrary to and punishable under Sections 17(1)(c), 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.

The presiding judge, Justice Sherifat Solebo, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500 million.

The judge further ordered the defendant to provide two sureties who must be residents in Lagos and in current employment.

The case was, thereafter, adjourned till February 21, 2022 for commencement of trial.

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