A court in Abuja has ordered the Department of State Security (DSS) to probe Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, over allegations that he forged his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
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Benjamin Youdiowei, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chief in Bayelsa Statethe state, had approached the Area Court in Lugbe, Abuja, alleging that Ewhrudjakpo, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission a forged NYSC Exemption Certificate with number 139708 and dated February 2, 1998.
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.
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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.
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He terminated his earlier order directing the police to investigate the case and ordered the DSS to take it up.
Ewhrudjakpo was sworn-in as Governor Duoye Diri’s deputy on February 14, 2020. He was the senator representing Bayelsa West Senatorial District before his inauguration.
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