Lyon’s Sack: I didn’t Forge Certificates, Says Degi-Eremienyo

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The sacked deputy governor-elect of Bayelsa state, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo has called a press conference where he stated that he is currently traumatized over the sack of his principal, David Lyon as well as himself over certificate forgery.

He further stated that all the certificates he presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are authentic and available for verification.

“The aim of this press conference is to defend my reputation which the justices of the supreme court, whether consciously or unconsciously, subjected to scurrilous scandal, assault and unfair imputation,” he said.

“Let me state that some of my primary school teachers are still alive: Chief Eredogiyo Watson, Chief Allen Obebe-Orukari and Susan Otiotio.

“Let me also state in clear and graphic terms that I attended two secondary schools.

“First, Nyemoni Grammar School, Abonnema, Rivers state where some of my classmates were Harrison Braide, Tombo Douglas, Ferdinand Amabebe: Professor Owunari George Will, Justice Biobele Georgewill, Chief David Briggs and Alpheus Otta and some of my teachers were Mr Wamarte and Mrs Humbly, Mr Frank etc.

“All my academic certificates are in the public domain. Whether they are genuine or forged are verifiable matters.

“If these certificates exist and have not been altered in any manner, it would mean they are genuine. The next enquiry would then be if the names appearing thereon belong to me or belong to some other persons.

“If no other persons can be found who claim the names in the certificates then they are mine.”

“Judges including justices of the supreme court are free to request law enforcement agencies to investigate persons who appear before them as to the commission or otherwise of crimes,” he said.

“All the educational qualifications I presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission to aid my constitutional qualification were acquired by me personally from institutions here in Nigeria which are still in existence till date. The records are verifiable anytime and any day here in Nigeria.”

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'Dotun Akintomide's journalism works intersect business, environment, politics and developmental issues. Among a number of local and international publications, his work has appeared in the New York Times. He's a winner of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Award. Currently, the Online Editor at The New Diplomat, Akintomide has produced reports that uniquely spoke to Nigeria's experience on Climate Change issues. When Akintomide is not writing, volunteering or working on a media project, you can find him seeing beautiful sites like the sandy beaches that bedecked the Lagos coastline.

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