…claims “I Am Being Blackmailed For Political, Monetary Gains
Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Chiji Collins, has finally opened up on the alleged certificate forgery claiming that the controversy surrounding his Doctorate degree certificate was being caused by detractors. There have been a lot of query over the authenticity of his Italian Doctorate certificate which he claims is equivalent to that of a Nigerian Doctorate Certificate and says is not a criminal offense and can be interpreted by the National University Commission (NUC).
Collins Chiji also claimed that he got an exemption from NYSC and had a letter to prove it.
The Speaker Collins Chiji’s Doctorate and NYSC certificates became the topic of widespread controversy following allegations of certificate forgery brought against him by Hon Lawman Duruji, a former state assembly member, who had represented Ehime Mbano.
Addressing the press in Owerri on Wednesday, Hon Chiji Collins stated that he didn’t falsify his certificates as alleged by Lawman Duruji, adding that all his academic certificates are authentic and open for verification any day.
Speaker Collins Chiji further disclosed that those who are using the already cleared issue of his NYSC exemption certificate to accuse him of forgery, were unaware that the same NYSC had issued him an authentic exemption certificate until they dragged him to the Commission in 2019 through a petition they wrote to the Commission in 2019 to investigate him.
He said that at the NYSC headquarters in Abuja, his detractors were shamed when he produced his NYSC exemption certificate which was traced to a file in the Commission, noting also that the Commission allowed him to leave with his certificate after they ran necessary checks on his certificate and proved the authenticity of his NYSC certificate adding that the issuing authority actually authored the certificate to him.
Chiji explained that after his certificates were verified as authentic, his detractors resorted to using the media to attack him and destroy his character.
About his doctorate degree obtained from Universiita Faculta The Studio Reggio Calabria in Italy, Speaker Chiji said that he has nothing to hide and urged the public to run a check on the Institution, stating that his credentials are already available in the public domain and had been published for the public by INEC.
Chiji went further to reveal that he has sued Lawman Duruji for the criminal character assassination insisting that Lawman Duruji accused him of bribery and result falsification despite “knowing them to be false, and knowing it would misinform and mislead the general public”.
Chiji disclosed that he decided to go this far so that the public can take record and for his detractors to also take note and stop tarnishing his name.
“Who feels he is not satisfied with my certificates should go to court where the matter should be legally dealt with and not rumour and allegations” he said