Alleged NYSC certificate forgery: Bayelsa Senator Benson Konbowei gets N50m bail

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A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Apo on Thursday granted bail bail to the Senator representing Bayelsa Central, Benson Konbowei at N50 million.

Konbowei was arraigned on March 26 on a three-count charge in which he was among others, accused of allegedly forging the National Youth Service Corps certificate.

He was allowed to go home pending the ruling on his bail application.

Delivering the ruling yesterday, Justice Christopher Oba said he was mindful of granting bail to Konbowei and proceeded to admit him to bail at N50 million.

Justice Oba said: “The law is settled that bail is at the discretion of the court. Taking a look at the matter, it is not a capital offence.

“Bail is granted to the defendant at N50 million with two sureties in like sum.”

The judge said the sureties must have landed property within the court’s jurisdiction with authentic Certificates of Occupancy (C-of-O).

He rejected an oral application by the defendant’s lawyer, Gordy Uche (SAN), that he be allowed to write an undertaking to produce the senator in court till he is able to perfect the bail.

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