Nairobi Pilot in Court for Forging Certificate

  • A Kenyan pilot found himself in trouble after he was accused of forging a Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) certificate.

    A report by People Daily on Thursday, January 28, indicated that Ahmad Nassir Dirie Olow was charged with forging the certificate and attempting to pass it off as genuine.

    He is said to have presented the document in 2011 to the head of training at Ninety Nines Flying School, Lt. Col. Amin Ali, who is based at Wilson Airport.

    The prosecution also claimed that the suspect presented the document to Sergeant Cyrus Ikade on January 6, 2021, at the Anti-Terrorist Police Unit headquarters in Nairobi's Upper Hill area.

    Ahmad Nassir Dirie Olow while appearing in a Nairobi Court.
    Ahmad Nassir Dirie Olow while appearing in a Nairobi Court.
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    He is said to have claimed that the certificate was issued to him by the Kenya National Examination Council back in 2007.

    Olow who appeared before Nairobi Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku on Tuesday, January 26, denied the charges. He was later released on a Ksh50,000 cash bail.

    The hearing of the case is slated for February.

    It takes just over two years for a trainee to gain the required 1,500 hours in a flight school before they can

    become a fully fledged airline pilot.

    In Kenya, an individual is expected to score a minimum grade of C+ in KCSE to gain entrance into a flight school, although several airlines prefer B+ grade.

    Other requirements include a certificate indicating medical fitness issued by an accredited Aviation Medical examiner, at least five lessons of flight assessment and a certificate of good conduct.

    Planes parked at Wilson Airport.
    Planes parked at Wilson Airport.
    The Standard