Certificate Forgery Scandal Rocks National Broadcasting Commission

Eight months after evidence of a forgery scandal involving a staff of the National Broadcasting Commission, Caroline Animan, was uncovered, the management of the Commission has refused to act in line with the recommendations of the report.

Ms. Animan, a confidential secretary at NBC, said to have been an employee of the Commission for over 20 years, presented a forged National Diploma certificate in Secretarial Studies purportedly issued by Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Ogun State (formerly Ogun State Polytechnic).

But the institution eventually confirmed the “certificate” presented by Ms. Animan (formerly Carolene U. Umelue) as fake, following an official investigation and document verification by the NBC.

The Principal Assistant Registrar (Exams and Records) of the Polytechnic, Olusegun Ogunpola, through a letter titled: “Re: Request for Document Verification: Carolene U. Umelue” dated June 23, 2014 categorically said the certificate was fake.

Subsequently, the NBC official saddled with the responsibility of verifying the document presented by Ms. Animan submitted a report titled “Re: Report On Document Verification: Statement Of Result Presented By Caroline Animan (Mrs)” to the Director General of the NBC through the Zonal Director, Ibadan Zone, on June 24, 2014.

The report indicted Ms. Animan and recommended she be ultimately dismissed after facing appropriate disciplinary committee, in line with Public Service Rule. It attached the letter from the Polytechnic and the forged certificate marked “fake” by Mr. Ogunpola of the Exams and Records of the institution.

Ms. Animan was investigated following noticeable poor work output.

Nigeria’s public service rule considers the presentation of forged credentials a case of gross (serious) misconduct for which erring officials should be punished with dismissal, once the allegations are proven.

PREMIUM TIMES authoritatively learnt that in its recommendations, the report held that Ms. Animan’s offence is criminal, and therefore the Commission is statutorily obliged to report her to the police and/ or the Independent Corrupt Practices and related offences Commission for criminal prosecution.

However, for eight months, the management of the Commission has refused to take administrative action or report Ms. Animan for criminal prosecution as required by Public Service Rules.

An official of NBC who confided in PREMIUM TIMES alleged that the delay in acting on the recommendations of the report and the shielding of Ms. Animan is because some ranking officials who are in the capacity to act on the matter may have also submitted fake credentials to the Commission.

The source told PREMIUM TIMES that Ms. Animan knows this and has been threatening to expose officials should they fire her without benefit and hand her oval for criminal prosecution by the Police or ICPC.

PREMIUM TIMES also reliably gathered that the supervisory authority for the NBC, the Federal Ministry of Information, is aware of the scandal.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Folashade Yemi-Esan, is said to be aware of the case but has chosen to dilly-dally, in spite of the magnitude of the offence involved.

Our source at NBC said attempts have been made by senior officials of the commission to cover up the scandal and even ensure Ms. Animan remains at the Commission without due punishment.

The official who investigated the matter, our source said, has been dissipating efforts toward getting justice in the matter, while the Commission’s top hierarchy are mustering efforts to “shut him up” even with a “sponsored training programme in Dubai”.

However, the official is said to be adamant in his demand that Ms. Animan be made to face the law.

The Director General of the Commission, Emeka Mba, was contacted by PREMIUM TIMES, but said questions on the matter be directed to the organisation’s Head of Public Affairs, Awwalu Saliu.

Mr. Mba said he was not aware of the matter. But our investigations established clearly that the investigative report on Ms. Animan was submitted to him on June 24 and he directed that the document with which Ms. Animan secured a job with NBC be verified through a letter with reference number NBC/SPF/272/Vol: III/60, dated June 16, 2014.

When Mr. Awwalu was contacted, he said he only heard about the forgery case for the first time from our reporter but would “get on the case” immediately.

He later confirmed the case after making inquiry at the human resources section of the organisation.
Mr. Awwalu said the Head of Human Resources claimed he was “making second level investigation” before taking action.

When asked why there needed to be a “second level investigation” after the issuing institution had confirmed the credential of Ms. Animan is fake, he said, “well, that’s the explanation given by the human resources department”.


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  • Umar Dendi

    Such Flagrant abuse…..one only witnesses in Nigeria.
    But do not worry, Nigerians…Its March, we’ll soon march them to the gullies!!

    • emmanuel

      Buhari and Tinubu to the gullies?

      • Umar Dendi

        Oh Emma,
        I hope we are all there to watch….No Name callings, all honest Nigerians know the corrupt ones amongst us.
        I personally find it astonishing that some of you are protecting what is from all indications the most corrupt govt in all recorded history!
        Even Sese Seko has been humbled before your masters!

  • Strong System

    Second level investigation is absolutely necessary

    • Anonymous

      There is nothing like second level investigation in the public service.

      Moron!

  • T-Rex

    Hmmmmmmmm,months after a case of ‘no certificate’ was established against a Presidential candidate of a major opposition party,Inec have done nothing about it and Premium Times is not protesting this.

  • trippi

    So when will you hopeless APC booth lickers protest about Buhari’s fake certificate ?

  • Guguru

    You just wonder how many more roaches are crawling in the darkness created by NBC?

    • emmanuel

      APC.

      I have observed over time that people who are engaged in Adultery never see big deal with pious people expressing shock and disbelieve in known acquaintances caught in it.

      That is exactly what you are exhibiting here. I suspect you in this certificate forgwry thing.

      Anyway, the fact thqt you are a yahoo guy, strip you of any morals

  • Moses Musa

    Nigerians, why are they not going to court to enforce the implementation of the report?

  • Salisu Dan-Gombe

    NOT TO WORRY ……… AFTER ALL BUHARI IS STILL ON THE BALLOT DESPITE HIS FORGED WASC

    NBC must simply follow the example of INEC who has refused to take action against Buhari for certificate forgery

    • No Wahala

      GENERAL MUHAMMADU BUHARI MUST STOP INSPIRING THIS SORT OF CONDUCT.
      PEOPLE WILL BE JUSTIFIED TO CONTINUE DOING THIS THING, THEREFORE:

      • Guguru

        Why don’t you stop inspiring yourself to speak incoherently?

        • emmanuel

          Take the message and leave the messenger. This is the popular saying from corrupt souls who make up APeeeCeee, its media wing and their e-rascals.

          Moreover, people make mistakes when more adrenaline is pumped into their system out of anger such as the type generated by the agents of the devil (APC minions) on this matter.

          Is Buhari not an inspiration on perjury and forgery?

          • Guguru

            Be quiet.

    • Ed

      Buhari’s school supported his certificate and made an original true copies available to the world. PDP supporters lack valid reason to go on offense , choose to continue making the fraudulent disappearance of the military forces copy of Buhari certificate an issue.
      Any uncompromising judge will not waste the tax payers money on the useless court action.
      The good people of Nigeria can see your distraction.

      • Salisu Dan-Gombe

        Tales by moonlight ……. aka APC

      • tyson

        buhari has no WASC———————LET Him be remninded that all he has to do is to request University of Cambridge to release his WASC<

    • biodun

      We all know how it all played out, they removed the certificate. obj confirmed they verified it in 2007, and it was with the army. at a point the army said they have the copy that he should request for it. later the claimed they can’t find it, all these point to one direction. pdp and their agent in the army removed it, but forgot that the school can produce it. pdp supporter should please shot up.

      • trippi

        Did they also remove it from the Cambridge database ?

        • sawston

          Cambridge never denied that Buhari was a candidate. Cambridge only said it can’t release the candidates result without his consent. If the candidate is unknown to Cambridge, all it has to say is that no such candidate exists. Cambridge also confirmed that Hausa was a subject at the time Buhari took the examination. This was one of the points raised by PDP to debunk Buhari’s Certificate.

          • tyson

            Buhari Has no WASC—-so stop spreading your usual lies-here-if he had he would never have enlisted into the army with a letter of recommendation from his school principle with a promise that Buhari will pass his WASC—-If Buhari had his school cert with him as at the time he joined the army—his school principle would not have assured them @ NDA that he would pass his WASC—————–AGAIN he failed maths one of the basic requirement for entry into the NDA——So what are we saying here?—what about his name—————the school has Mohamed Buhari whereas in the army he was known as Mohammadu—–buhari——–a name used only in Niger Republic

          • trippi

            Cambridge never confirmed or denied anything. What manner of change are you people talking about when your so called change when your so called change protagonist can’t follow simple rule..

        • Abdul

          Did Cambridge told you they you dont have Buhari’s certificate? i beg carry your stup*dity comot from here.

          • trippi

            If they have it what then prevents him from getting it from them ? As for you, why don’t you advice him to do that and silence his critics. I guess your own certificate was bought from oluwole as well… Like Buhari like Abdul…

          • Abdul

            See stup*d question o, what prevent him from getting it from them? what a question, ok i will answer you this way. He refuse to collect it because PDP and their followers dont deserve to see the certificate, he also refuse to collect it because Buhari is not a man to be pushed around by some derange elements who think any document from Katsina Ministry of Education can only be fake especially when such document have a Buhari name on it.

            Una no well. Come see the certificate na, nonsense people.

          • emmanuel

            Even DiKko Of Customs also forged his Certificate. These Fulaniss sef, everything about dem na fraud

  • Question n’ Answer

    Question n’ Answer

    The Young Democratic Party (YDP) was recognized by Federal High Court
    on Wednesday March 4th as a new political party. Hence, INEC is bound by law to
    reflect the name and logo of this new YDP (party) on the ballot papers for all
    elections. But INEC has finished printing ballot papers since last month, and,
    warehoused those ballot papers in Central Bank of Nigeria’s vaults. The question
    now is: can INEC conduct the 28th March election on the already printed ballot
    papers which do not reflect YDP? The answer is, No! So, what is to be done?

    • Court Reporter

      The defendant (INEC) did not discharge its obligation of informing the plaintiff
      of the decision not to register it as a political party within the 30 days as clearly
      stipulated in section 78 (4) of the Electoral Act. “The effect of not informing the
      plaintiff within 30 days of the defendant’s decision to register the plaintiff as a
      political party is clearly ‎spelt out in section 78(4) of the Act which is that the
      plaintiff is deemed to have been registered as political party by virtue of law.

      …………..Justice Ahmed Mohammed

      Federal High court, Abuja

      (March 4th, 2015)

    • TYSON

      INEC IS YET TO PRINT THE NEW BALLOT PAPERS—–THAT WAS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY THE ELECTIONS Were POSTPONED–because APC was caught cloning the baloot papers in London

    • emmanuel

      No to further postponement. Everybody is managing to survive for a while now.

      We all managed to stomach the March 28. Any attempt for Government not to begin running immediately will spell doom for millions of Nigerians.

      We must do everythi.g possible to avoid further hardship. If not we will change our minds o. Supporters have to first have lives before they can support interest and also vote

    • Scalywag

      When did ydp submit names of candidates to inec? Is there no time limit for the submission? Did judgement of court waive the time limit? Are we sensible people?

      • nkem

        Scalywag:

        YDP applied at the right time but INEC was negligent and even, INEC violated the law that
        each application must be finally decided within 30 days. INEC slept over YDP’s application
        in excess of the 30 days. The law says in that event, if after 30 days INEC does not decide,
        that association applying to be registered becomes automatically registered by force of law.

      • naijana

        Thank you!

  • TRUTH MASTER

    Fish rots from the head!

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Until senile, illiterate Buhari is prosecuted for forgery and perjury, no Nigerian should be sanctioned for forging any document.

    • Abdul

      You are a clown? who cares what ignorant fellow like you think about Buhari, he will still be your president anyway.

      • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

        This exactly is the way an illiterate would think. I hope you know you are a good example. FYI, Buhari will not smell Aso Rock. In point of fact, he will go to jail for forgery and/or perjury.

        • akyn

          did you ask you ogogoro master to show is thesis or Port harcourt Drunkard dissertation?

        • Abdul

          Lol, you will die of high blood pressure, you are blinded by your ignorance to the extent that you cant even see what is about hit you. Your eye will clear soon, Jonathan has almost finsih spending all the money in the treasury thinking that it will sway votes in his favour, i just pity him because the more he spent the more those collect the money vow to vote against him.

          He will lose the coming election whether he likes it or not.

          Not you and your clueless followers can stop the coming change. Keep dreaming because Jonathan and PDP downfall is VERY VERY VERY CLOSE.

        • naijana

          And Dumbo will go to jail for first class thievery and corruption.

  • Eze1

    All civil servants parades forged certificate

  • Olusola

    You see why they dont like Buhari, Caro has been drawing salaries for 20yrs while properly educated girls are still looking for jobs and some out of frustration ended in the brothels, guys with 1st class riding OKADA. Even PhD of Mr is fake, if not let him release his thesis tomorrow!

    • emmanuel

      She was employed by Jonathan.

      By the way, Buhari has drawn salaries for 25 years and Pension for27 years with fake certificate. Tinubu draw 8 years of looting and pension for 8 years on fake certificate.

      You must be an agent of the devil not to have talked about those precedent cases.

      • Abdul

        Are you on drugs? who told you Buhari’s result is fake? fo*lish man, Buhari is more educated than every members of your family. By the way, the case is in court, wait for the court verdict instead of showcasing stupidity here.

        • emmanuel

          6 credits at a seating, including Mathematics and English Language is a better qualification than Buhari’s. A good BSC, MBA and PHD in-waiting is better than Buhari’s quota system education.

          You people are cursed even Buhari’s wife’s BSC is also a fraud from a Bus Stop University. Why did God allow batching of this semi-Ani.als with us?

          Let me know your educational antecedents. I will skip food for one week, if you got half of my JAMB and WAEC score.

          Yeye quota system squandrel.

      • naijana

        And GEJ has been drawing salary and answering Dr. With fake PhD.

  • Okey

    Premium Times, I am extremely surprised and disappointed that you saw reason to give prominence to this non-issue and rather time-wasting matter. For your information, Certificate – whether genuine or “oluwole” – is no longer required for anything in Nigeria. A mere claim that “I passed it (the exam.)” suffices. In fact, you can attach an affidavit that the Certificate and its custody is in Jericho which is now under the control of Hezbollah or ISIS or Boko Haram, that also suffices. Or, if you don’t want to go that length, you can just attach a NEPA bill, (according to those who want CHNAGE in Nigeria). The most important thing is that you should claim that you intend CHANGE. And I am certain that Ms Animan was employ to make a CHANGE at NBC.

    Please, Premium Time, dont’t waste your time and energy on this issue, fake certificate is no longer a legal offence in Nigeria, much less a moral one.

    • emmanuel

      Nepa will will suffice jare. A party of vagabonds calling for change.

      The two APC major players are involved in same fraud, so education will be killed if the duo get near Aso Villa.

  • emmanuel

    PT is a complete fraud.

    The headlines published on Buhari’s certipicate fraud all indicted the PDP.

    There is nothing like certificate forgery in Nigeria, as long as you have stayer on. Afterall, Oyegun and Falana said Buhari’s career achievement after the WAEC were good enough to cover the first fraud.

    That was before he released the Cambridge Result that had his old age photograph.

    Soyinka, Beko and Falana asked Gani to allow a cover up for Tinubu’s certificate fraud.

    Changee changee na for fools only. The crooks are above the law – APC and PT wonders.

    This should clearly open the eyes of Nigeria of the fraud called APC and its media wing.

    Vote wisely, APC is not an option. Jega said forgery or affidavit does not concern INEC, why then should he not be fired?

  • dd

    Tinubu sponsored news. Because NBC refuse to sanction AIT, now you are attacking this commission. Sheeeeeeetttt!!!!

    • emmanuel

      You got it, yeahhhhhh. NBC sure refused to play ball. The frog eyed man has been turned down with his bribe for sanction deal by NBC

      Blackmail and propaganda party – APC

  • Peter2000

    This is the same PT that knowingly published Buhari’s fraudulent statement of result. Now you people are talking about forgery? Boko haram social media network be careful.

    • tyson

      that is Nigeria for u brother me

  • Dazmillion

    Apart from the fact that her colleagues are also guilty of the same offence, she probably would have been coerced to issue some sexual favors to her superiors, knowing how those animals working in the civil service operate. This certificate forger aint going nowhere.

  • tyson

    The woman has no case to answer since she is learning from certificate less buhari——if she must produce her cert–no wahala-let Buhari also land with his sevencate from London

  • Thenjiwe Obong

    am not condoning what mrs Animan did but I hope premium times will spend the same effort to investigate and bring to light frauds involving politicians worth multi-billion naira .premium times pick on someone your size.

  • Okey

    Premium Times, so you have suddenly woken up to discover that “Nigeria’s public service rule considers the presentation of forged credentials a case of gross (serious) misconduct for which erring officials should be punished with dismissal, once the allegations are proven” ? Is it because Ms Animan is a poor lady who had to notorious rogues bankrolling her ?

    I am extremely surprised and disappointed that you saw reason to give prominence to this non-issue and rather time-wasting matter. For your information, Certificate – whether genuine or “oluwole” – is no longer required for anything in Nigeria. A mere claim that “I passed it (the exam.)” suffices. In fact, you can attach an affidavit that the Certificate and its custody is in Jericho which is now under the control of Hezbollah or ISIS or Boko Haram, that also suffices. Or, if you don’t want to go that length, you can just attach a NEPA bill, (according to those who want CHNAGE in Nigeria). The most important thing is that you should claim that you intend CHANGE. And I am certain that Ms Animan was employed to make a CHANGE at NBC.

    Please, Premium Time, dont’t waste your time and energy on this issue, fake certificate is no longer a legal offence in Nigeria, much less a moral one.

    • Umar Dendi

      Mr Okey, Do OBJ and Babangida have a School Cert?

      • Okey

        Sir, Obj has, IBB I don’t know. Besides, there is no record of them claiming what they do not have.

        • Guest

          You’ve just made a nasty clod of yourself!

        • Umar Dendi

          Sir, forgive me, but you’ve just made a nasty clod of yourself!

          • Okey

            How, sir ? Have you heard of IBB or Obj make claim and say “I have ‘WASC’ ? If any does, Nigerians will ask them for proof. The point is that, if you claim you are fighting corruption, you MUST prove your honesty.

          • Umar Dendi

            My honesty Sir, is riddled in recorded history!
            20 Months of a flawless and impeccable charge against graft!

          • emmanuel

            A lily livered General who was toppled when the power behind him went for hajj?

            Buhari only got to that office because he needed to cover up his Petroleum Ministry fraud.

            His treatment in the UK wrapped around the Chattam House speech and the Oluwole Certificate were all arrangement of other people – the brain dead man hardly think far.

          • Umar Dendi

            Oh, You mean how Gejites hired a bona fide putain to arrange that terne act?
            The fact that even his detractors, those he jailed, those that overthrew him are now solidly behind should convince the bruiteurs!
            The Brain Dead fellow is the one that allows a bunch of skirts to do all the governing in his presidency! Is it the dolly dancing between his legs or just the wits dulled by too much booze that has led to this?
            You Sir need to think FAR! perhaps then you’ll see a hundred million men and women Marching for the good old General!

            venir avec nous

          • Okey

            Impeccable, when it was the first and only time in the history of mankind a nursing mother was tied to the stake at Kirikiri and shot dead by firing squad ? When he shot to death three young Nigerians whose offence at the time was 6 months imprisonment ? When he brought in 53 suit-cases from Saudi Arabia belonging to his cronies, stuffed with foreign currencies and and without being searched ? What then is wickedness amd recklessness of Leadership ? What then is corruption ?

          • Umar Dendi

            Was that from an acid trip or just the mensonges of FFK?

          • Okey

            Acid trip has returned from certificate collection from Cambridge and Boko Haram bombings which disappeared with his trip has resumed. Just today alone, his followers have exploded 5 bombs in Maiduguri.

          • Umar Dendi

            Was it the same BH that someone refused to crush till he saw impending doom?
            The puppeteer really likes the taste of blood we must say!

      • Benny born

        Everybody na thieve but the one wey people catch na him be Barawo.

      • TYSON

        NNAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  • Fairgame

    See o, so premium times knows about this woman’s certificate issue and the woman is not even running for office but Buhari who wants to be president has refused to flash his WASC. Premiumtimes is a joke.

    • Umar Dendi

      I suppose everything is Fair game to you….Even your own imbecility.

  • JUST ME!!!!

    IDIOTS: YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I CATCH YOU OFF GUARD. I WILL TORMENT YOU AND MAKE YOUR ALREADY MISERABLE LIVES A LIVING HELL. TRUST ME ON THAT ONE. JUST KEEP ON BLOCKING MY POSTS LIKE THE DAMN RETARDED SPINELESS FOOLS YOU ARE. I WILL SHOW YOU THE REAL ME IN DUE COURSE. I REMAIN YOUR FOREVER NEMESIS COLONEL MARIAMA(RTD)

  • Investigator

    General Muhammadu Buhari, there is such a thing as honour.
    It is the best predictor of consequences on a fork in the road.
    Where you have no Wasc/Cambridge certificate to show in court,
    you may show honour for the sake of history by just withdrawing
    from the 2015 presidential race as most American politicians will do.
    Any lawyer promising you a technical victory in court is not honest.
    Once you swore affidavit that you have Wasc/Camridge certificate,
    the burden of proof shifted to you to prove it by real evidence, i.e;

    • goodygoody

      Ha, ha, i thought they say Yemi Osinbajo who is Buhari’s running mate is a lawyer. Does he not know any law again? Why are you the one teaching them the law here? Are you doing it for free or you are going to send them a fee note. I think you should bill them for this concise legal advice.

      Even a layman can understand you perfectly. How come Yemi Oshinbajo does not know this?

      And he is allowing Buhari to keep hitting his head against the wall. It is not fair to mislead General Muhammadu Buhari this far and so close to the prison gate. Buhari should not be made the next scapegoat by Bola Tinubu who disgraces all presidential candidates he’s invited to take his party’s ticket, either by selling them a dummy or by selling them for ransom.

    • burning spear

      Buhari is a disgrace to all that truth stands for in the universe. He has no moral right to talk about corruption or exam mal-practices-when he forged his certificate-personifies thievery-like Obj

  • tyson

    tyson sawston • 16 hours ago
    Buhari Has no WASC—-so stop spreading your usual lies-here-if he had he would never have enlisted into the army with a letter of recommendation from his school principle with a promise that Buhari will pass his WASC—-If Buhari had his school cert with him as at the time he joined the army—his school principle would not have assured them @ NDA that he would pass his WASC—————–AGAIN he failed maths one of the basic requirement for entry into the NDA——So what are we saying here?—what about his name—————the school has Mohamed Buhari whereas in the army he was known as Mohammadu—–buhari——–a name used only in Niger Republic-what a shame