The London Metropolitan Police Service and the Department of State Services have been petitioned by a Nigerian lawyer Kalu Kalu Agu, to probe the Cambridge University certificate which President Muhammadu Buhari presented at the presidential election petition tribunal.
Abba Kyari, Buhari’s chief of staff had claimed that he personally signed for and collected the documents on behalf of the President from Cambridge University in his testimony at the tribunal. The conduct of final year secondary school examination in Nigeria and placement into foreign universities in the 1960s was managed by the UK-based examination body.
However in the two separate petitions dated August 14 which TheCable obtained, Kalu Kalu Agu asked for a probe into the authenticity of the ‘certifying statement’ reportedly obtained from the Cambridge Assessment International Education and an investigation into the circumstances leading to the procurement.
He said: “Where did Mr. Abba Kyari get the certificate which he enclosed alongside his application form for the issuance of the said certifying statement which he claimed he procured from Cambridge Assessment International Education.
“Whether Mr Abba Kyari as an individual can apply for the said certifying statement not being an academic institution or an employer of the candidate.
“Whether the said certifying statement can be delivered to Mr Abba Kyari by hand as he claimed he signed and personally collected same by hand in the UK.
“Evidence of the said application and of the candidate’s authorisation to the Cambridge Assessment International Education for the release of the said certifying statement to Mr Abba Kyari”.
He added that “in the circumstance that the certifying statement is found to be forged, it will be of great service to both Nigeria and the United Kingdom that Mr. Abba Kyari is arrested and arraigned in a court of competent jurisdiction for forgery.”