Alleged certificate forgery: Judge’s malaria attack stalls hearing in suit against Obaseki

The Zonal Commanding Officer for Zone 4 comprising Plateau, Benue and Nasarawa States, Assistant Corps Marshal Kayode OLAGUNJU has called on all road users and the FRSC men to strive to avoid and prevent  the "last minute" crashes as the year 2020 comes to the end in few hours time. According to him "this is the period when the last minute rush and disregard to safety rules and regulations could result in fatal crashes" He observed that when we are excited to usher in a new year, we should celebrate with full compliance to safety regulations and COVID 19 Protocols . Dr Kayode Olagunju stated this why addressing FRSC Operatives at the Corps established Help Area located at Agham, at the defunct toll gate on Makurdi ÷Lafia road. He called on the nurses, marshals and other paramedics stationed  at the point to attend to road users with care, render necessary assistances and do their work diligently.  He conveyed the commendation of the Corps Marshal Dr Biboye Oyeyemi to all the staff for their commitment and dedication to duties urging all to put in more efforts to save more lives on the road.  ACM Olagunju advised road users against Speeding, Driving Under Influence of Alcohol or other Intoxicants, Wrongful Overtaking, Dangerous Driving and other traffic violations that could result in crashes . He also  enjoined passengers to always caution their divers whenever they attempt to violate safety rules. Olagunju reminded vehicle operators to always ensure that their vehicles are in road worthy conditions before embarking on any trip. He enjoined road users to be mindful of road and weather conditions that could affect safe driving.   ACM Olagunju further reiterated that the Corps would not hesitate to dispense with the services of any personnel who engaged in extortion either on the road or in the office or touting any of the products or services being rendered by the Agency. He informed that the Command Monitoring and Surveillance Officers, some in commercial vehicles and in mufti have already been deployed to fish out the bad eggs in the system so that the corrupt operatives are instantly flushed out.   The Zonal Commander called on members of the public to report crashes, obstructions and misdemeanours of the Marshals through the 24/7 toll free emergency number 122 and promised prompt actions will be taken to address the issues   The Command wishes all road users safe journey into the new year and beyond  RC Olusegun Owoeye Acting Public Education Officer, Zone RS4, Jos For the Zonal Commanding Officer
Governor Godwin Obaseki

Hearing in the ongoing alleged certificate forgery suit against Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State was stalled at the Federal High Court Abuja, on Thursday, due to the ill health of the trial judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, who is treating malaria.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) and one of its chieftains, Mr Williams Edobor, had dragged Obaseki,  the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to court seeking the disqualification of Obaseki in the September 19 governorship election.

They wanted Obaseki disqualified over alleged forgery of his degree certificate and perjury.

They specifically accused Obaseki of forging the Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies Degree he submitted INEC to aid his qualification for the governorship election in Edo.

Justice Mohammed had, on Wednesday, adjourned the hearing in the suit until December 31  for cross-examination of the fourth plaintiffs’ witness, Mr Raphael Onwuzuligbo, a retired Police officer.

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However, the hearing which was fixed for 12 noon did not commence until about 2p.m. and the judge apologised and explained that this was because he had a severe attack of malaria.

The judge added that as a result, he would not be able to go on with the complete proceedings of the day.

Mr. Akin Olujimi (SAN), counsel to the APC, responding on behalf of other counsel empathised with the judge, stressing that the judge’s health was of great importance to all.

Olujimi did not also oppose the suggestion by Mr. Ken Mozia (SAN), Mr. Razak Isenalumhe and Mr. Sulaiman Dambaba, counsel to Obaseki, the PDP and INEC  that the matter be adjourned until  January 4, 2021.

Meanwhile, Mozia,  while speaking with newsmen shortly after the proceeding was adjourned, showed the original Bachelor of Arts Degree Certificate of the University of Ibadan, awarded to Obaseki in 1979.

Mozia said that his client had nothing to hide, adding that the degree certificate issued to him by the authorities of the University of Ibadan was intact.

The counsel hinted that the certificate would formally be tendered before the court on the next adjourned date to put to rest all the controversies raised by the plaintiffs in respect of the certificate.

Vanguard News Nigeria

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