House of Reps member bags jail term for lying

A member of the House of Representatives, representing Billiri/Balanga federal constituency of Gombe state Victor Mela, has been sentenced to prison with an option of fine for committing perjury, lying on oath in the INEC form he filed for his election.

An Abuja Magistrate Court handed Mela who claimed he did not have dual citizenship while possessing a British passport which shows he is a citizen of Britain the jail term.

Mela who was born in 1973, earned a degree in geology from the University of Jos in 1999 and a masters in sedimentology and petroleum geology from the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in 2006.

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

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