Obaseki graduated from UI in 1979, certificate not forged –Registrar

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Edo State Governor, , was Tuesday cleared by authorities of University of of alleged forgery of his degree certificate brought against him by All Congress.

But hearing in the matter continues today (Wednesday) at a Federal in .

The degree certificate was confirmed to have been issued to Obaseki by the institution in 1979 after his formal graduation.

The Deputy Chief Registrar, Legal Affairs, UI, Abayomi Ajayi, who testified subpoena, told Ahmed the governor graduated from the university.

Relevant pages of UI calendar for 1976, admission brochure for degrees, award of diplomas and certificates and Obaseki’s application for admission and another one for collection of his certificate from the university were tendered by the witness and admitted as exhibits by the court.

The witness maintained from the records of the university, Obaseki was admitted as student in 1976 through direct entry and graduated in 1979.

Under cross examination by counsel for the APC, Chief Akin Olujimi (SAN), the witness said, “ not regard the photocopy of the original certificate as forged, but incomplete photocopy, because the certificate of the University of is larger the paper upon which the photocopy was made.”

Earlier in his evidence, Charity Aiguobarueghian, an unofficial advisor to Obaseki, had admitted making the disputed photocopy of the original degree certificate for his principal.

All the certificates, which are original copies, were admitted as exhibits by .

Meanwhile, ThankGod Iduresi, the younger brother of the South-South Zonal Youth of the All Congress, Gabriel Iduseri, was Tuesday shot by gunmen in Benin, who also made away his car.

Gabriel, a witness in the certificate forgery case instituted against Obaseki, gave his testimony on at the Federal in .

It is not clear if there is any link between his involvement in the case and the attack on his brother.