Court sentences Rep member to correctional custody

A Magistrate Court sitting in Wuse, Zone 6, Abuja on Friday sentenced a member of the House of Representatives, Victor Mela, to one-month imprisonment.

Victor Mela who represents Billiri/Balanga federal constituency was, however, given an option of fine.

Recalls that on November 10 that a magistrate court found the lawmaker guilty of lying under oath while filling the CD001 INEC form prior to the 2019 elections.

The court had, however, set a different date for sentencing of the lawmaker after his lawyer pleaded for leniency.

Victor Mela swore to an affidavit thrice, denying citizenship of another country whereas he has a Canadian passport.

His conviction follows his prosecution by the police in Abuja.

In a tweet after the November 10 judgment by the magistrate, the lawmaker had vowed to appeal the decision.

The tweet read, “I would like to call on our friends, supporters and our sympathisers to remain calm as well as rest assured that I will challenge today’s perverse decision at the appellate court, immediately·”

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He was elected to the House of Representatives in 2019 and is vice-chairman of the solid minerals committee.

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