Bayelsa Deputy gov

Court orders DSS to probe new Bayelsa deputy Gov over certificate forgery

An Abuja Area Court, on Wednesday, February 19, has ordered the Department of State Security, DSS, to investigate the allegation of certificate forgery levelled against the newly Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.

Recall that, a lucky newly Bayelsa Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo sworn in on February 14 along with Governor, Senator Douye Diri, after the Supreme Court sacked the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate and former governor-elect of the state, David Lyon.

David Lyon and his Deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo was sacked over Mr Degi-Eremieoyo forged certificate.

Mr Ewhrudjakpo, a senator representing Bayelsa West Senatorial District before swearing-in as the Bayelsa State deputy governor on February 14, 2020.

Meanwhile, an APC chief in Bayelsa State, Benjamin Youdiowei, had approached the Area Court in Lugbe, Abuja, alleging that Ewhrudjakpo presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission a forged NYSC Exemption Certificate with number 139708 and dated February 2, 1998.

Youdowei alleged that Ewhrudjakpo had used the allegedly forged document as part of his credentials.

The judge presiding over the case, Abubakar Sadiq, had on November 27, 2019, issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Ewhrudjakpo following his absence from the court for the day’s proceedings.

On Wednesday, Youdowei’s lawyer, Seidu Jibrin, noted that the Wuye Police Division, which was earlier asked by the court to carry out further investigation on the matter, had transferred the case to the Inspector General of Police Monitoring Unit.

Responding, the judge noted that the police ought to have reported back to the court if the Wuye Division was unable to handle the case before taking the unilateral decision of transferring the case to the IGP monitoring unit.

He terminated his earlier order directing the police to investigate the case and ordered the DSS to take it up.

“We hereby terminate the order of investigation given to the police in respect of this matter and order the DSS to investigate it,” he ruled.

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