Court sentences House of Reps member to prison

NEWS DIGEST – A Magistrate Court in Wuse, Zone 6, has sentenced a member of the House of Representatives, Victor Mela, to one month imprisonment.

According to a report by Premium Times, the lawmaker who represents Billiri/Balanga federal constituency was, however, given an option of fine.

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

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

His conviction follows his prosecution by the police in Abuja.

The News Digest reports that the magistrate court found the lawmaker guilty of lying under oath while filling the CD001 INEC form prior to the 2019 elections.