By; TINA PHINEAS,, Yola
Another case of certificate forgery has been unearthed involving the Director of Administration of Adamawa Health Services Management Board, Halilu Abba.
Abba has been dragged to the ICPC over certificate forgery, he was said to have tendered a fake masters degree to gain promotion as the director of Administration in the Adamawa state Health Services Management Board in 2013.
The ICPC had trailed the certificate to the institution which confirmed that he had in fact not obtained the said certificate.
Documents made available to New Nigeria suggests that Halilu had forwarded a masters degree certificate in Public Administration, which he supposedly obtaned from the Adamawa state University, Mubi with a date of issue being 4th September, 2013.
Preliminary investigations shows that Halilu had indeed been a student in the said institution with a view to obtaining the said masters degree but has not completed his studies.
New Nigerian gathered that some “whistle blowers” had alerted the independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) of the alleged fraud in a letter dated 28th of May, 2019 requesting the commision to check the veracity or otherwise of one Halilu Abba’s MPA certificate obtained from the Adamawa state University on 4th June, 2013 saying the officer has been using the certificate to stall the promotion of those who possessed genuine certificates.
Our corresponded further gathered that the ICPC had on the 11th of June, 2019 written to the management of the University to establish the truth of the matter in respect to Halilu Abba’s certificate claim.
The management of the University had responded in a letter signed by its registrar, Yahya J. Bobboi, which said: “Postgraduate school has confirmed from the department of public Adminstration that the candidate in question has MPA 7091 (Research Methodology) as outstanding carryover as of July, 2019.”
“The statement of result issued on 4th September, 2013 was issued without the candidate completing the MPA programme.”
The reply also contained an official attached graduation list of 2013/2014 Academic session which does not have Halilu Abba’s name as one the graduands.
Evidence shows that the ICPC upon receiving the response from the institution has demanded for the iimmediate prosecution of Halilu.
The state governor of Adamawa state Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri is also informed about the cases, letters were send through the Head Of Service and copied to the speaker, Adamawa State House of Assembly, soliciting for immediate action in order to restore sanity to a ministry.
Attempts to get Abba’s response on the allegation proves abortive as he always claimed he was unavailable or out of town.
It it could be recalled that that Ministry of Health has been in the spotlight for a similar case of certificate forgery by a fake medical doctor hired by the ministry, which is one of the frontline ministries responsible for the recruitment of medical staff in the state.