A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday dismissed an alleged forgery suit against, Sen. Solomon Adokwe, representing Nasarawa South Senatorial District in the Senate.
The plaintiff, Mr Mohammed Ozegya, a registered voter in the senatorial district, dragged Adokwe to court for alleged false information he supply to INEC.
The judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, in his judgment, held that the plaintiff failed to prove his case beyond reasonable doubt, adding that Adokwe deserved the certificate of return issued to him by INEC.
Dimgba also held that all the certificates presented by the defendant were the certificates he obtained from the higher institutions he attended.
He said that the higher institutions he attended and obtained those certificates were presumed to have ascertained the authenticity of the certificates.
The court also said that the plaintiff did not provide counter evidence suggesting that the senator did not obtained admission into those higher institutions.
Dimgba said that the defendant also offered written explanations on why he was bearing the names Sule Adokwe, Solomon Adokwe and Suleiman Adokwe.
The judge said that the defendant explained that in the then Northern Nigeria Christain/Muslim communities Sule was refer to as a short form of Suleiman and Solomon was the Christian version of Suleiman.
Dimgba also held that the defendant after obtaining Primary and Secondary School Certificates, went ahead to obtained B.sc in Sociology in ABU Zaria, Bachelor of Law in University of Jos and later went to Law School in Bwari with same name
He said that it was not the duty of the court to discredit the authority of the educational inspectorate office which issued the defendant with the certificates, especially, going by the fact that all the certificates referred to the defendant.
The court said that the plaintiff did not file further and better affidavit in opposition to the defendants’ deposition.
The judge, therefore, dismissed the case for lack of merit. (NAN)
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