Forensic Bill: Reps public hearing turns rowdy over allegation of plagiarism


A public hearing on a bill to establish the Chartered Institute of Forensics and Certified Fraud Examiners became rowdy, on Thursday, in the House of Representatives over allegation of plagiarism.

The public hearing was organised by the House Joint Committees on Anti-corruption and Commerce.

At the hearing, Uzoma Abonta (PDP, Abia) alleged that the bill plagiarised one he had sponsored, which the House already passed.

“What is now surprising is that this bill being considered, I authored the other one. This bill is word for word with the bill I authored. That is plagiarism,” he said.

Mr Abonta sponsored the Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Professionals of Nigeria, which was passed by the House on May 19.

It was also passed by the Senate.

Our source is yet to independently verify the claim of plagiarism.

Mr Abonta, when contacted, failed to provide evidence to prove plagiarism.

Benjamin Sekpe, who represented Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Professionals, also alleged that the bill is a duplication of Mr Abonta’s bill.




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