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Monday, October 28

Lawyer demands Osun lawmaker’s prosecution for ‘perjury’

The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, has been urged to investigate and prosecute Osun State House of Assembly member representing Obokun State Constituency, Adeyemi Adewumi, over alleged perjury before the Court of Appeal, Akure.

In a petition against the lawmaker, signed by one Oyinola Ajayi of the law firm of Ajibola Basiru and co, and delivered at the Inspector General’s office in Abuja on Friday, copies of which were forwarded to the office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 11, Osogbo, Osun State Commissioner of Police and the Director, Department of State Security Service (DSS), the lawmaker was alleged to have lied under oath.

Recall that the Court of Appeal in Akure, Ondo State, had last week fined the lawmaker N100,000 for presenting a purported Record of Proceeding of the state election petition tribunal, which was alleged to be fake, during the hearing of his appeal against the judgment of the Osun election tribunal, which nullified his election.

At a press briefing in Osogbo, Mr. Kolapo Alimi, one of the lawyers to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its House of Assembly candidate in Obokun State Constituency, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, said, Adewumi lied under oath by swearing to an affidavit to complement a fraudulently generated document, which he allegedly presented as authentic.

“Section 118 of the Criminal Code provides, “Any person who commits perjury is liable to imprisonment for fourteen years. If the offender commits the offence in order to procure the conviction of another person for an offence punishable with death or with imprisonment for life, he is liable to imprisonment for life,” Alimi quoted from the petition.

Alimi stressed that the above cited sections of the Criminal Code showed that perjury constituted a grave crime, saying it was clearly seen in the record of proceedings of the lower tribunal that the statements made by Adewunmi in his affidavit constituted perjury.

He, therefore, demanded the investigation and prosecution of the PDP lawmaker at the appropriate court of law.

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