The police and security operatives have been ordered to investigate and prosecute the deputy speaker of the Delta state House of Assembly, Friday Osanebi, for lying under oath and alleged falsification of documents.
A Delta State High Court sitting in Kwale had in a landmark judgment delivered by Justice V.I. Ofesi stated that the issues raised and proved in the court against Osanebi should spur security agencies to probe the source of his purported B.Sc Engineering certificate and NYSC discharge certificate, stressing: “if I have me way, I will recommend that those documents be properly investigated.”
Delivering the judgment, Justice Ofesi said Osanebi who is representing Ndokwa east constituency in Delta State House of Assembly, provided false information concerning his educational qualification and certificates in INEC form CF001 of 2014 and 2011.
The court ordered that Mr. Lawrence Ozegbe, was the rightful candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the election as Osanebi was invalidly nominated and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return earlier issued to Osanebi and issue same to Mr. Ozegbe as the rightful candidate of PDP and winner of the said election.
Osanebi in a prompt press release signed by his special assistant, media and publicity, Agbanashi Obinne, said: “We admonish our teeming supporters to remain calm and relaxed, for there is no cause for alarm, the judgment has since been appealed and the deputy speaker is not distracted either.”
The statement by Osanebi elicited response from the public who saw it as an affront and an attack on the sensibilities of Deltans.
Chief Ossai Ndubueze, in his reaction, said: “How could Osanebi be misinforming the public and ridiculing the judiciary?
“How can he say he has appealed a judgment before it was delivered? Did he see the judgment in the coven before it was delivered?
“How could Osanebi say he appealed the judgment when there is no notice of appeal in the High Court? It obviously shows that Osanebi is deceptive and hoodwinking the electorates.”
Barrister Chiejine Ndukwu stated: “Hon. Osanebi may go to jail if he is found guilty of lying under oath and falsifying his documents, it is a serious crime.”