Following the allegation of certificate forgery leveled against the Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial Zone and human rights activist, Shehu Sani, the former teachers of the lawmaker yesterday debunked the claims.
Sani was accused of certificate forgery by a group under the auspices of Kaduna Central People’s Forum on Wednesday asking the Inspector General of Police and the Attorney General of the Federation to prosecute him.
At a press conference in Kaduna, the group’s chairman and secretary, Malam Muhammad Edris and Alhaji Aminu Sha’aibu, alleged that the Senator forged his secondary school certificate and lied on oath to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) about his academic qualification.
But Sani’s former teachers who reacted to the allegation insisted that he attended Kaduna Polytechnic and Government Science College, Kaduna. The former Head of Department of Agricultural Engineering, Kaduna Polytechnic, Mr. Johnson Tsuzom, who spoke in an interview, said: “Shehu Sani attended Kaduna Polytechnic and I taught him in the Department of Agric Engineering. I still have the register of my various classes in the polytechnic and I know some of his classmates who are still in Kaduna here.
“He completed his studies and was awarded a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Agric Engineering, with soil and water option; those who are throwing allegations of certificate forgery, are doing so to smear his name.
“He attended the institution and I can attest to it. When I became HOD in the department, I was the one that prepared his transcript that he used for his further studies overseas.”
Also, a former Principal of Government Science College, Kaduna, Mallam Ahmed Ibrahim, said: “Shehu Sani was a bonafide student of the college, he was there when I was principal in the school.
“There are available records to show that he was a student in the college and he graduated in 1984. The copies of his certificate are still there in the school. I was the principal of the college when he passed out.”
Sani’s Special Adviser on Politics and Ideology, Suleiman Ahmed, accused Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s government of instigating the allegation, stressing that the Senator has Higher National Diploma in Soil and Water Engineering from Kaduna Polytechnic.
“He graduated in 1993 and he did his NYSC service after he finished serving his jail term,” he said.