A magistrate court sitting in Wuse, Abuja has sentenced a member of the House of Representatives, Victor Mela to one-month in prison for perjury.
Mela, who represents Billiri/Balanga federal constituency of Gombe state, was convicted for lying under oath in the CD001 INEC form he completed ahead of the 2019 general elections.
He claimed he did not have dual citizenship while possessing a British passport which indicates he is a citizen of Britain.
The court, however, gave him an option fine.
The lawmaker was convicted on November 10, following prosecution by the FCT Police Command.
The presiding judge, however, set a different date for the sentence of the lawmaker after his lawyer pleaded for leniency.
Mela contested under the All Progressives Congress in February 2019 and polled 45,112 votes to defeat Ali Isa JC of the Peoples Democratic Party, who scored 35,395 at the National Assembly elections.
He is presently the Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Solid Minerals.