The Kebbi State High Court has sentenced one Ebenezer Joshua to two years imprisonment for forging a certificate.
Joshua was found guilty forging the certificate of the Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering (SCUML).
He allegedly committed the crime in July 2015, with the help of an accomplice, Franca Joseph.
The scam was discovered when the SCUML received two registration forms for clearance from a new generation bank bearing the names, Noble Women for Better Tomorrow Initiative and another, Support Initiative for Better Maternal Health.
Upon receipt of the certificates, some abnormalities were discovered during verification, including the fact that the sector codes on the certificates were those allocated to construction companies and not NGOs.
The prosecution closed the case against Joshua and Franca on March 1, 2018 after engaging several witnesses.
Justice Abbas Ahman, however, found Joshua guilty, but discharged and acquitted Franca.
Joshua was subsequently sentenced to two years imprisonment with option of N30,000 fine on each count.
Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has also been enmeshed in a forgery scandal, having been accused of forging her NYSC exemption certificate.