- A Lugbe Grade 1 area court orders arrest of Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo for failing to appear in court after the court summoned him failing to honour a summons
- Senator Ewhrudjakpo is accused of presenting a forged NYSC exemption certificate on his nomination form to INEC
The plaintiff, Youdiowei, claims the lawmaker is still in possession of the document which he continued to use as part of his credentials
An Abuja court on Wednesday, November 27, issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, representing Bayelsa West Senatorial District, for failing to honour a summons.
Vanguard reports that the bench warrant was issued by a Lugbe grade 1 area court, against Ewhrudjakpo, after the senator did not appear for a pre-election suit filed against him by Benjamin Youdiowei, a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa.
The senator was accused by Youdiowei of presenting a forged NYSC exemption certificate on his nomination form to INEC.
The plaintiff claimed that the lawmaker was still in possession of the document which he continued to use as part of his credentials.
During hearing on Wednesday, the counsel for the plaintiff expressed concerns that the defendant had consistently failed to honour the summons.
However, Ijere, counsel to Ewhrudjakpo apologised for the absence of the defendant. He explained that his client travelled out of the court’s jurisdiction
He asked the court to grant the defendant one more date to enable him to appear.
But counsel to the plaintiff, Seidu Jibrin, objected and prayed the court to issue a bench warrant to ensure Ewhrudjakpo appears before the court.
The trial judge, Abubakar Sadiq, in delivering his ruling said the defendant was aware of the case but chose to stay away.
“In the circumstance, I hereby issue a bench warrant against the defendant.
“I also order that the matter should be referred to the Wuye Police Station for further investigation,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the appeal court in a unanimous judgement on Thursday, November 28, dismissed the appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate Emmanuel Jime against the victory of Samuel Ortom, Benue state governor.
In reaction to this, the PDP governor commended the judgement which affirmed his re-election. The court dismissed the case for lacking in merit.
In a statement made available to Legit.ng by his chief press secretary, Terver Akase, Ortom dedicated his victory to the people of Benue.
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