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Alleged NYSC certificate forgery: AGF to arraign Senator Konbowei March 26

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Alleged NYSC certificate forgery AGF to arraign Senator Konbowei March

The Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice is set to arraign Benson Konbowei, the senator representing Bayelsa Central, on March 26 for alleged forgery of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Certificate. This development comes after a previous postponement of the docking of Senator Konbowei before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, due to his absence in court.

The charges against Senator Konbowei, marked CR/028/2023, were filed by the Inspector General of Police and include forgery of the NYSC exemption certificate. Specifically, he is accused of forging a document titled ‘Certificate of Exemption’ with number 000256454 and dated July 4, 2008. The police stated that the senator acted contrary to certain provisions of the Penal Code and is liable to punishment under the same Act.

During the court proceedings, the senator’s counsel, Gordy Uche (SAN), informed the court that his client was unable to be present in court due to medical reasons. However, the counsel to the AGF, Egwuaba Reuben, alleged that the senator was evading trial and requested the court to issue a bench warrant of arrest against him. The trial judge, Justice Christopher Oba, overruled this and accepted the tendered medical report, adjourning the matter for arraignment and commencement of trial on March 26 and 28.

There was also a point of contention regarding the representation of the prosecution, with Egwuaba claiming to have a fiat to represent the AGF, while Eyinsan Lawrence contested the validity of this claim. The judge ruled in favor of Egwuaba, recognizing him as a representative from the AGF’s office and asserting the authority of the AGF in the matter.

The article discusses the events and legal proceedings leading to the upcoming arraignment of Senator Konbowei, shedding light on the various arguments and positions presented in court.

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