Alleged Certificate Forgery: Court Orders Probe Of Bayelsa Deputy Gov

 Alleged Certificate Forgery: Court Orders Probe Of Bayelsa Deputy Gov

The Department of State Security, DSS, has been ordered  to investigate the allegation of forgery of a National Youth Service Corps certificate levelled against the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.

An Abuja Area Court, on Wednesday, gave the order following the failure of  the Wuye Police Division, to carry out the investigation in accordance with the court order.

The court had earlier asked the Wuye Police Division to investigate the claim of certificate forgery levelled against the Deputy Governor by an APC chief in Bayelsa State, Benjamin Youdiowei, who 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.

The Wuye Police Division had transferred the c case to the Inspector General of Police Monitoring Unit without informing the Court.

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.

Ewhrudjakpo of the Peoples Democratic Party  was inaugurated alongside the state governor, Duoye Diri, following February 14, 2020, judgement of the Supreme Court nullifying the victory of the All Progressives Congress and its candidates in the last governorship election in the state.

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

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