An FCT High Court in Jabi at the weekend sentenced Lebi-Ayodele James, an employee of the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation, to two years imprisonment for forging the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN) certificate.
Justice Yusuf Halilu, who did not give the convict an option of fine, ordered him to pay N100,000 in restitution.
He said the convict would have risen to the position of Auditor General of the Federation with a forged certificate in future if the forgery had not been discovered. Halilu said the sentence would act as a deterrent to others.
“The convict knew that he never had ICAN certificate. He forged the certificate and got elevated from executive officer to senior auditor.
“He will serve his term at Keffi Prison,” the judge said.
James was arraigned on a three-count charged by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on March 26.
The offences are: Forgery of certificate, contrary to Section 25(1)(a) and punishable under Section 25(1)(b) of the ICPC Act 2000 and being in possession of a forged document, contrary to Section 368 of the Penal Code CAP 532, Laws of the FCT Nigeria 2006.
He was also charged with giving false information, an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 140 of the Penal Code CAP 53, Laws of the FCT Nigeria 2006.
Prosecutor Mr. Agbili Ezenwa, in March presented the forged certificate and the application to the Director of Admin and Human Resources in the Auditor General’s Office as evidence.
He said the convict wrote the application, requesting to be converted and upgraded from executive officer to senior auditor.
ICAN Certificate is a professional certificate for issued to professional accountants who must have applied for,write and pass the ICAN example.