Court orders arrest of Edo lawmaker-elect

Dumez Ugiagbe Credit: The Nation

A High Court sitting in Benin has issued an arrest warrant on Dumez Ugiagbe, a lawmaker-elect for Ovia Constituency II in the Edo State House of Assembly.

 Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele gave the order on Friday at the resumed hearing of an alleged case of forgery and impersonation preferred against the lawmaker-elect, The Nation reports.

Ugiagbe, who is said to have committed the offence around 2001 failed to appear in court on Friday to enter his plea.

Counsel to Ugiagbe, Mr Paul Osarenkhoe, said his client was  not properly served and pleaded for pardon for the absence of his client.

Osarenkhoe applied for bail for his client, after stating that Ugiagbe was in Abuja, as a result of ill health.

However, the state Counsel, Mr Peter Ojo, an Assistant Director in the State Ministry of Justice, urged the court to reject the augment and plea of Osarenkhoe.

Justice Ovbiaghele granted the request of the state counsel for a bench warrant order to be issued against Ugiagbe.

The judge adjourned the case to November 8, 2019.

Ugiagbe is one of the 14 Edo lawmakers-elect that are currently in Abuja waiting for Governor Godwin Obaseki to issue a fresh proclamation letter.

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