*says he did his NYSC at age of 43
A group, Kaduna Central Peoples Forum has called on the Senate to suspend Senator representing Kaduna Central, Comrade Shehu Sani over alleged certificate forgery and perjury.
The call was made at a press briefing in Kaduna on Wednesday, where they also charged the Inspector General of Police to order for the immediate prosecution of the Senator.
“We deeply embarrassed that an imposter currently represents us in the Senate.
“Shehu Sani’s continued stay in the Senate is not just an insult to the very sophisticated people of our Senatorial zone in Kaduna State but an injustice to the constituents who voted him based on false and fabricated credentials he tendered to our leaders, party leaders and INEC.
“We are committed to redressing this injustice that has been done to our people by doing all that is within our powers, that is proper and legal to ensure that Mr. Sani leaves the Senate to pave way for a fit, proper and qualified person from Kaduna Central to go to Senate to give us quality and efficient representation,” the group said, in the statement read by its secretary, Alhaji Aminu Sha’aibu.
The group explained that they are determined to follow the rule of law in their bid to oust Sani, using certificates he submitted to INEC,APC and CPC in the nomination and affidavit forms for Kaduna Central Senatorial election in 2010/2011 and 2015.
“Our petition centres on the fact that as at the time the 2015 Senatorial election was conducted by INEC, Mr. Shehu Sani was not qualified to vie for the position given that he lied on oath to the commission about his academic qualification and falsified documents in bid to sustain the lies and false claims in the nomination form and affidavit he submitted to INEC,” the group said.
The group faulted his time of stay in Kaduna Polytechnic, which they said according to records available to them showed that he was admitted with registration number CST/84/1791 in 1984 for a diploma, but wondered why he graduated from what was expected to be a two-year programme after five years.
Read the full statement below:
Shehu Sani: Unmasking an Impostor in the Senate
Being text of press briefing by the leadership of Kaduna Central Peoples Forum, calling for the investigation and prosecution of Mr. Shehu Sani for perjury and forgery
Gentlemen of the Press,
It is with the greatest sense of responsibility that we, the leadership and members of Kaduna Central Peoples Forum, chose to call this press conference to notify the public that we are submitting petitions to the President of the Senate, the Clerk of the National Assembly, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Inspector General of Police and the Honourable Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation seeking the immediate investigation and prosecution of Mr. Shehu Sani, who currently parades himself as the Senator representing Kaduna Central in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Our call for his prosecution is premised on our detailed and incontrovertible finding that Shehu Sani lied on oath and misled the Independent National Electoral Commission, leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and of course the good people of Kaduna Central Senatorial Zone by making false claims about his educational attainment and qualification and indeed going as far as forging documents to back up the false claims he made to INEC in the form he filled to contest the 2015 Senatorial election.
Our petition centres on the fact that as at the time the 2015 Senatorial election was conducted by INEC, Mr. Shehu Sani was not qualified to vie for the position given that he lied on oath to the Commission about his academic qualification and falsified documents in his bid to sustain the lies and false claims in the nomination form and Affidavit he submitted to INEC.
The fact of the matter is that following our unprecedented zeal to elect our beloved General Muhammadu Buhari as the President of Nigeria in 2005, we massively mobilized our people to vote for all the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in all the elections of 2015. Mr. Shehu Sani keyed into the mood of our people and surreptitiously smuggled himself into the consciousness of the leaders of the APC in Kaduna State and was subsequently picked as the Senatorial Candidate of the party for Kaduna Central. Looking back now, we do not blame the leaders of the APC in the State at the time for making him one of the Senatorial candidates of the party. It is now obvious that just like he did to INEC, Shehu Sani lied to leaders of APC about his credentials and academic attainments. Given Shehu Sani’s very poor representation of the good people of Kaduna Central in the Senate, we sensed that something must have gone wrong somewhere and we began investigating with a view to redressing the anomaly. Gentlemen of the press, after months of thorough investigation, we have deemed it important to make public our findings.
Having carefully studied all the documents submitted to INEC by Mr. Shehu Sani, we are convinced beyond reasonable doubt that the authenticity of the entirety of his academic attainments that he submitted to INEC is not only suspect but also fraudulent. For starters, Shehu Sani claimed on oath, in his deposition to INEC, that he undertook his secondary school education between 1981 – 1984 at Government Science College, Kagara, under the Senior Secondary School (SSS) system. This claim is clearly false as 6-3-3-4 system of education was not in place in the country during the material period. What Nigeria had then was the 5-year secondary school system. Besides, even if it is to be conceded that the 6-3-3-4 policy was in place during that period, there is no indication of where Mr. Shehu Sani completed his JSS and the period he did that. The puzzle as to when Shehu Sani enrolled for his secondary school education is further highlighted by the discrepancies in his APC nomination form and his Government Science College, Kagara, Testimonial submitted to INEC. While Mr. Shehu Sani indicated that he attended Government Science College, Kagara between 1980 to 1984 in the APC nomination form, the Testimonial supposedly issued by the school on the other hand, showed glaringly that Shehu Sani attended the school between 1981 to 1984. Meanwhile, the same Shehu Sani indicated 1989 as the year he finished secondary school at column B(2) of INEC affidavit in support of personal particulars he supplied INEC on oath.
In the light of these stated facts, we are not sure which of the information is correct; but any discerning person can make out all too easily that if indeed Mr. Shehu Sani was in Secondary school up to 1989 as indicated in his INEC affidavit of personal particulars, it would be impossible for him to at the same time attend Kaduna Polytechnic between 1984 – 1986 for his National Diploma (ND) in Water Engineering. These inherent contradictions provoked further poser on the number of years Shehu Sani spent in the secondary school. Is it four years (1980 – 1984) as indicated in the APC nomination form or three years as indicated in the school Testimonial submitted to INEC or Nine Years as indicated in column 8(2) of INEC Affidavit he deposed to in support of personal particulars he submitted to the electoral commission. Now what is Shehu Sani’s defence on these discrepancies in his secondary school record? In the information he supplied in his own hand writing, under oath, in the Nomination/Affidavit Forms that he submitted to the APC, CPC and INEC and from the content of the Curriculum Vitae he attached, Mr. Shehu Sani deposed to the fact that he lost the Primary School Certificate he obtained after the conclusion of his Primary School Education in 1980 and to that effect he swore to an Affidavit before a High Court of Justice in Kaduna State on the 24th of December 2010. He also claimed to have attended GSS Kagara from 1980 to 1984 for his three-year Senior Secondary School education (1981/82, 1982/83 and 1983/84). He however deliberately failed to state the reason(s) for his non-attendance of a Junior Secondary School (JSS), which clearly breaches the five years of secondary school or the 6-3-3-4 policies of the Federal Government of Nigeria. Again, Shehu Sani’s Secondary School Testimonial submitted to INEC is dated 27th April 2006. How come it took him 20 years to claim and collect his Testimonial?
In the CV he attached to his Nomination and Affidavit Forms submitted to the APC and INEC for the purpose of the 2015 General Elections wherein he was elected a Senator, that he obtained a National Diploma (ND) from Kaduna Polytechnic but he neither stated the year nor attached a copy of the acclaimed National Diploma Certificate, as required of him under paragraph “C” at page 3 of the INEC Affidavit Form that reads: “Attach evidence of all educational qualifications.” Instead, he surreptitiously attached a copy of a different qualification, an Ordinary Certificate in Irrigation Engineering obtained in 1988, which he never cited in the same CV as part of his qualification. This is clearly at variance with the documents attached to his erstwhile CPC nomination and Affidavit Forms for the purpose of contesting the 2010/2011 Kaduna Central Senatorial Primary Elections, which is also in the custody of INEC. In this instance, Shehu Sani included a final year National Diploma Result Sheet obtained in 1988/89 with Registration Number CST/84/1791 dated 3/12/89 from the same Kaduna Polytechnic, that he also claimed awarded him the Ordinary Certificate in Irrigation Engineering during the same academic year (1988).
Even more intriguing is the fact that the Registration Number CST/84/1791 indicates that Shehu Sani was admitted to Kaduna Polytechnic in 1984 but no reason was given in any of his depositions to INEC or the APC, as to why it took him until 1988/89 Academic Year to round off the Diploma Course in Water Engineering, which he began in 1984. Of course we are all aware that the period of study for the National Diploma Certificate in Polytechnics in Nigeria span just two years. By 2015, Mr. Shehu Sani was able to brandish and attach a copy of his acclaimed HND Certificate and the Ordinary Certificate in Irrigation Engineering to the Nomination/Affidavit Forms submitted to the APC and INEC but could not give explanation about the whereabouts of the said National Diploma Certificate in Irrigation Engineering that was obtained much earlier (1988/89). Let us even assume that this ND Certificate may be missing, at no time did Shehu Sani ever swore to an Affidavit to that effect, just like he did in the case of his missing Primary School Certificate. However, our investigation has revealed the truth. Contrary to his claim in his INEC Nomination/Affidavit Forms, Mr. Shehu Sani did not obtain a National Diploma in Water Engineering from Kaduna Polytechnic in 1988/89.
Our investigations have also revealed that Mr. Shehu Sani’s claim in his Nomination/Affidavit Forms to INEC and the APC that he obtained a Higher National Diploma (HND) from the Kaduna Polytechnic in 1993/94 academic year is very doubtful. At the time, Shehu claimed he obtained the HND certificate, the policy at the Kaduna Polytechnic was that for you to undertake the course of study and earn the Higher National Diploma, you must have obtained a National Diploma. Shehu Sani could not have been admitted into the HND Programme without undergoing the National Diploma Programme. We are calling on the Inspector General of Police and the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to investigate this matter just the way it investigated the certificates of another Senator, Dino Malaye. Interestingly, though Mr. Shehu Sani indicated that he finished his Higher National Diploma Programme at the Kaduna Polytechnic in 1993, in his nomination forms he submitted to both the APC and INEC, the certificate issued to him by the Polytechnic indicated November 1994.
Even more curious is the fact that Shehu Sani did not undergo the compulsory NYSC until July 2011 to July 2012, which is a clear 17 years after he was obliged by law to submit himself for national service. By virtue of the Certificate of National Service submitted to INEC, Shehu Sani only submitted himself for national service at the age of 43 years which is about 15 years beyond the statutory limit of under 30 years eligibility for service in the scheme. By virtue of section 2(1)(c) of the National Youth Service Act, LFN Cap. N84, the Senator was under a compulsory legal obligation to have submitted himself for national service in 1994 when he purportedly obtained his HND from Kaduna Polytechnic unless of course his call-up was deferred with the approval of the National Defence and Security Council in accordance with the provisions of sections 17(1-3) of the NYSC Act (Supra).
The NYSC Certificate of Service that Shehu Sani purportedly obtained and exhibited show that at the time of his service in the year 2011/2012 he was 43 years old and therefore on the strength of section 2(2) and 13(2) of the NYSC Act, he was at that time not eligible to serve and obtain the Certificate. Kindly note however that that at the time of his purported graduation in 1993/94 he was not over the age of 30; but no section of the law has given insight to what ground and whether Shehu Sani can carry over the supposed year of his national youth service (1994/1995) to a date that he pleases. For clarity, this is what the NYSC Act say: Section 2(2) avers as follows, Notwithstanding the provision of subsection (1) of this section, with effect 1st August 1985, a person shall not be called upon to serve in the service corps if at the date of his graduation or obtaining his Diploma or other professional qualification:
a. He is over the age of thirty.
Section 13(2) further holds that: Any person who:
a. Under the provision of this Decree (Which is now an Act of the National Assembly) is not eligible to participate in the service corps so participate or attempts to participate is guilty of an offence
b. Having served in the service corps and has been duly issued with a certificate of National Service or Certificate of Exemption as the case may be and is not eligible to serve under same service under same service corps so participate is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine of N4, 000 or to imprisonment for a term of 2 years or to both such fine and imprisonment.
Gentlemen of the Press,
Based on the contradictions, conflicting statements and documents Shehu Sani submitted to INEC and the APC for the purpose of contesting elections in 2010 and 2015 and the application of the laws governing the NYSC as earlier cited, we are convinced that Mr. Shehu Sani has committed the following crimes:
1. Made false statement on oath to INEC, APC and CPC in the nomination and Affidavit forms he submitted for the purposes of contesting the Kaduna Central Senatorial election in 2010/ 2011 and in 2015. This, as you may well be aware, is perjury
2. Forged and falsified documents he supplied to INEC, APC and CPC in the nomination and Affidavit forms he submitted for the purposes of contesting the Kaduna Central Senatorial election in 2010/ 2011 and in 2015. Forgery, of course is a serious crime in our great nation.
Worse still, browsing through the website of the Senate of the Federal Republic, Shehu Sani’s profile therein reveals further contradictions. For example in the site he claims to have attended the famous Rimi College, Kaduna for his secondary school education. This claim is not in the CV he submitted to INEC, APC and the CPC.
Based on the facts we have just poured out to the public, we the leaders and members of Kaduna Central Peoples Forum, wish to state as follows:
We are deeply embarrassed that an impostor currently represents us in the Senate.
Shehu Sani’s continued stay in the Senate is not just an insult to the very sophisticated people of our Senatorial Zone in Kaduna State but an injustice to the constituents who voted him based on false and fabricated credentials he tendered to our leaders, party leaders and INEC. We are committed to redressing this injustice that has been done to our people by doing all that is within our powers, that is proper and legal to ensure that Mr. Shehu Sani leaves the Senate to pave way for a fit, proper and qualified person from Kaduna Central to go to the Senate to give us quality and efficient representation.
Given that we are determined to follow the rule of law in our bid to oust Shehu Sani from the Senate, we are calling on the President of the Senate and the Clerk of the National Assembly to urgently institute a probe of Shehu Sani’s certificates, particularly those of them he submitted to INEC, APC and CPC in the nomination and Affidavit forms he submitted for the purposes of contesting the Kaduna Central Senatorial election in 2010/ 2011 and in 2015.
We are also calling on the Inspector General of Police and Hon. Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation to work with INEC with a view to investigating and prosecuting Mr. Shehu Sani for forgery and perjury.
Given that Shehu Sani’s continued stay in the Senate offends the sensibilities of our people, we call on the Senators of the Federal Republic to suspend him forthwith from further sitting in the hallowed Senate Chamber pending the outcome of the investigation of the certificates and other documents he submitted to INEC, APC and CPC in the nomination and Affidavit forms he submitted for the purposes of contesting the Kaduna Central Senatorial election in 2010/ 2011 and in 2015. This, as you may well be aware is perjury
Thank you for finding time to be at this briefing to hear us out.