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Court jails rep member for lying

Court jails rep member for lying
November 27
10:19 2020

A magistrate court in the federal capital territory (FCT) has sentenced Victor Mela, a member of the house representatives, to one month in prison for perjury. 

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Mela, who represents Billiri/Balanga federal constituency of Gombe state, was convicted for lying under oath in the CD001 INEC form he submitted ahead of the 2019 election.

He claimed he did not have dual citizenship while possessing a British passport which shows he is a citizen of Britain.

The court sitting at Wuse zone 2, however, gave him an option fine.

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The FCT police command had filed the case against Mela.

The lawmaker is a member of the APC and vice-chairman of the house committee on solid minerals.

He defeated Ali Isa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the national assembly election in Gombe in 2019.

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