A Nigerian legislator has been arraigned in court for allegedly contesting the 2015 general elections using forged academic qualifications.
Ibrahim Baba Hassan, representing Jos-North constituency in the House of Assembly in the central Plateau State, has appeared before Justice Usman Musale at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Abuja.
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) is seeking the prosecution of the official, who is a member of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC).
He has been arraigned on a five-count charge of offences bordering on forgery, lying under oath, intent to cause damage to the public and making false statements with the intention to mislead.
Hassan is said to have forged a diploma in Business Administration of the University of Jos, dated November 1996, and falsely inserted his name as one of the graduands in April 2002. The accused has pleaded not guilty.
The case has been adjourned to July 3 for commencement of hearing.
Nigeria has a reputation for corruption, a scourge the APC pledged to address when it came to power in 2015.