The West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) has been dragged before a Federal High Court in Lagos over allegation of certificate forgery by the senator representing Imo West Senatorial District, Hope Uzodinma.
Lagos human rights activist, Festus Keyamo, in a suit filed on Monday, asked the court to grant him leave to apply for an order compelling WAEC to release to him the original copy of the West African Senior School Certificate of the senator.
Addressing his request letter to the Registrar of the examination body dated May 14, Keyamo told WAEC that he had reliable information that the senator did not graduate from Mgbidi Boys’ High School, Imo State, in 1982, where he allegedly obtained his WAEC Certificate.
He stated in his letter, “We hereby demand for the Certified True Copy of the WAEC Certificate (or SSCE result or WASSCE) of the said Hope Uzodinma, if any, within seven days of your receipt of this letter, pursuant to Section 1(1) and (2) and Section 4(a) of the FOI Act.”
He alleged that his investigations indicated that the senator’s name was not among those who graduated from Mgbidi Boys’ High School in 1982.
Keyamo further stated, “On the 1st day of July, 2013 at 10.00am, Festus Afeiyodion, a Counsel in Chambers visited the Respondent’s (WAEC) office with a view of collecting the Certified True Copy of the West African Senior School Certificate of Senator Hope Uzodinma but he was left unattended to till the close of work.”