By; VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
A High Court sitting in Calabar, Cross River State, has granted an application to the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice to commence “criminal charges against Dr. Eyo Mensah, an associate professor of the University of Calabar and five students.
Mensah is a Lecturer in the department of Linguistics, University of Calabar (Uncial).
The presiding Judge, Justice Imilia Inok, said having granted the application to the state counsel, the state can now go ahead with the investigation of the criminal charges against the defendants.
The counsel for the state, Barrister Eno Iyamba, had earlier withdrawn an- Expatiate motion of 17th April 2018 and replaced it with that of March 28, 2018.
It would be recalled that “a letter was sent to the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Zana Akpagu by the then Cross River State Director of Public Prosecution, Barr. George Okam, stating that “Associate Professor Eyo, Ferdinand Akanya Esip of IPPA department and five students, George Uwaek, Michael Paul Ufana, Mbuk Atai Umoh, Nsude Mary Imaobong, Olowosoke Olutoun Sileola were to be arraigned in court over issues bordering on certificate forgery”.
The alleged suspects have been under investigation over a petition written by the former Vice Chancellor, Prof. James Epoke, alleging that “Eyo was collecting money from students to forge Unical certificate for them”
The letter explained that investigation have been concluded and they have been “sufficiently implicated” as such should be released by the university to stand trial in court.
According to the letter entitled “Application for the release of the following staff and students of the University of Calabar to stand trial in an alleged certificate forgery case”, charge was on the directives of the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice of Cross River State, Joe Abang”
“I have the directives of the Attorney- General and Commissioner for Justice to release the above named persons of your institution to stand trial in an alleged certificate forgery case of the University.
“Upon completion of analysis of the facts of a case file received from the Police, the petition by the former Vice Chancellor, Prof. James Epoke, weighed against the law, our legal advice that the above person be charged for conspiracy to commit felony and forgery in accordance with extant laws of the state having been sufficiently implicated”.