Following allegations initially made by an Owerri-based local tabloid of forging some of his certificates, the Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Dr Chiji Collins, has offered a bounty reward of N3.6m to anyone willing to travel to Italy to verify the authenticity of the certificates in question.
The embattled speaker increased the prize money from initial N1.8 he had earlier promised.
While speaking to the press he debunked the claim of banning specific journalists based in the State from covering the State House of Assembly but affirmed that only those accredited were and would be allowed to cover the proceedings.
Chiji went on to say that the university he attended in Italy is one of the best in the world
He added that the institution had trained notable individuals and clergymen from across the globe, including Dr Richard Agbarakwe, a renowned medical practitioner.
Our records reveal that Agbarakwe studied at both UI Concordeia in Montreal Canada, the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia which is one of the oldest in Italy, and Sapienza University of Rome. So it could be one of the latter two.
Commenting on the matter, Chairman of the House Committee on Information and Judiciary, Dominic Ezerioha, debunked the allegation that the Committee set up to investigate the speaker’s credentials was yet meet.
He stated that the Committee would soon complete the investigation and submit its report.