DPP Stalwarts Arraigned over Certificate Forgery

20 Jan 2013

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Victor Efeizomor in Asaba

Delta State Democratic People’s Party (DPP) vice chairman,   Mr. Ossai Abey,  and three other party stalwarts were at the weekend  arraigned before an Asaba Magistrate Court for alleged certificate forgery and defamation.

Other accused persons are Paul  Chibogu ,  Mgbadike  Goddy and Chief  Raphael  Nduka Oputa, who are members of the DPP in Ndokwa/Ukwuani Federal Constituency. They pleaded not guilty to the 15-count charge preferred against them.
The accused were charged for allegedly forging a West African Examination Council (WAEC) result No 1580332 purportedly belonging to Delta ex-Speaker Olisa Enebeli Imegwu, an offence punishable under section 467 of the Criminal Code Law Cap C21 Vol 1 Laws of Delta State 2006.

Accounting to the count, “ You Paul  Ossai Abby , male , Magbadike Goddy, male  , Chief  Raphael    Nduka  Oputa  and others  now at large on the 2nd  March , 2011  at  Asaba  in the Asaba  Magistrate  Districk  did conspire  among  yourselves   to commit  felony  to wit;  forgery  and thereby  committed  an offence punishable  under 516 of the Crinimal  Code   Law  Cap C21 Vol 1, Laws  of Delta  State 2006”

The accused were also charged with conspiracy to commit misdemeanor to wit: publication on defamatory matters.
The prosecuting lawyer, Mr. David Abuo,  in an  oral application told the court that the fifth accused person, Hon  Charles Udogu Onyekweli,   was not in court to take his plea and urged the court to strike out his name from the charge sheet pending his appearance in court.

Counsel to the accused persons, Mr. Ikhide Ehigelua in his submission, challenged the jurisdiction  of the court to entertain the matter, saying  the offence for which the accused persons   were brought before  the court were  committed in Abuja.  He also urged the court   strike out count 15 as   the court lacks the jurisdiction to hear the case because the offence was committed in Abuja.
The accused persons,  Paul Chibogu is DPP Chairman, Ndokwa East; Ossai Abey, Vice-Chairman, DPP Delta State, and Raphael Opute, Chairman Ndokwa East.

Chief Magistrate Sylvester Ehikwe of Asaba Magistrate Court 1 soon after the accused persons took their plea adjourned to 14th February for further hearing in the matter.

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