Court orders police to produce Edo Assembly member over certificate forgery
By Francis Ogbuagu, Benin City
A Benin High Court has ordered the police to produce member-elect representing Ovia North-East I in the Edo State House of Assembly (EDHA), Dumez Onaiwu Ugiagbe, in court on November 1, for hearing of a six-count charge of forgery case against him.
The case came up on Friday, October 25, at Criminal Court 5, but the defendant failed to appear in court as he was in Abuja, even though he was on administrative bail.
With the absence of the defendant in court to take his plea, Hon. Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele, adjourned the case to Friday, November 1, and ordered the police to produce Dumez in court on the new date.
The police had concluded their investigations on an allegation that the West African Examination Council (WAEC) certificate submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by Dumez for the 2019 state assembly election had his passport superimposed on it.
WAEC officials had revealed that the passport on the original certificate in their database wasn’t Dumez’s, thereby, confirming the suspicion of certificate forgery.
Dumez is among the 12 members-elect in the Edo State House of Assembly, who are yet to be inaugurated.