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NUJ Presidential Aspirant, Isiguzo Caught In Certificate Forgery

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An aspirant of the Nigeria Union of Journalists [NUJ] presidency, Comrade Chris Isiguzo has been caught in a web of certificate forgery scandal ahead of the election.

The ICIR confirmed that Comrade Isiguzo, one of the seven presidential hopefuls and two-time union vice president, forged at least two of his certificates.

Isiguzo, according to the NUJ Credentials Committee chairman, Mallam Garba Dahiru, did not tender an HND for clearance.

Mallam Dahiru, however, noted that the burden of proof is on the petitioner to provide evidence that his national diploma is not authentic.

Isiguzo is currently denying the two certificates in question – a Higher National Diploma from Federal Polytechnic, Oko, issued in 1998, and a diploma in public administration from Hyles-Anderson College, Indiana, USA, obtained in the same year.

Some irregularities in the documents has been identified, including the impossibility of getting two diplomas and a higher national diploma in the August, November and December of the same year.

But according to Isiguzo, the only certificate he presented to the NUJ is a National Diploma in Mass Communication.

Denying the published certificates, he said: “My name is ‘Christopher Isiguzo’ and the name written on the certificate is ‘Christopher Isiguzoro.’”

ICIR, however, insisted that Isiguzo’s claim is false, which stated that the forged documents were among those he submitted to ThisDay newspaper, where he is presently the South East Bureau Chief.

See attached the controversial documents:

Copy of Isiguzo’s HND diploma from Hyles-Anderson College, a Bible college located in Indiana, United States
Copy of Isiguzo’s HND in Mass Communication from Federal Polytechnic, Oko

 

Clearly different is another HND from the same institution: Federal Polytechnic, Oko

When contacted, Mr. David Stubblefield, the college’s Academic Dean, stated that “Christopher Isiguzoro is not a graduate of any program” from the school.

See mail below:

When Isiguzo was contacted by The ICIR, he alleged that Waheed Odusile, president of the NUJ, is blackmailing him and had paid for online reports against him in order to undermine his campaign.

He did not, however, specify when he was asked how much. He also said he will not be responding to questions unless allegations of corruption against Odusile have been investigated.


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