A Federal Excessive Courtroom in Abuja, on Tuesday, fastened December 2, 2021 for arraignment of Professor Obiajulu Obikeze and 4 others over allegations bordering on forgery.
Justice Inyang Ekwo fastened the date as a result of absence of the third defendant, Chief Israel Ezue, in court docket.
Obikeze, Dr Raymond Ofor, Chief Ezue, Sir Amobi Nwafor and Okafor Bethram IK are 1st to fifth defendants respectively to the fees filed towards them by the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Prof. Obikeze (1st defendant), who works with Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu College, previously Anambra State College, Igbariam in Anambra State, was charged alongside 4 others with 11 counts.
Within the cost quantity: FHC/ABJ/CR/184/2021 dated and filed on July 6 by the prosecuting counsel, Celestine Odo, the defendants have been alleged to have dedicated the offence round January 15, 2019, at Awa, Orumba North Native Authorities Space of Anambra.
The cost is introduced pursuant to Part 68 of the Nigeria Police Act, 2019, and Part 106(c) of the Administration of Felony Justice Act, 2015.
In depend one, the 5 defendants and others now at giant have been alleged to have conspired to commit forgery offence opposite to Part 3(6) and punishable beneath Part 1(2) (c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap M17 Legal guidelines of Nigeria, 2010.
Whereas depend two accused them of uttering cast paperwork, depend three accused them of constructing a cast letter to the Particular Adviser to the Governor of Anambra on Chieftaincy and Cities Union Issues.
The letter was titled, “Submission of Awa Chieftaincy Structure,” figuring out it to be false, with intent that it could be acted upon as real on the Authorities Home in Awka, the Anambra State capital.
The depend maintained that that is to the detriment of the individuals of Umu-Nzekwe in addition to Ezeani Households of Awa, and in addition that the Particular Adviser might within the perception that it’s real be induced to deal with the mentioned letter, an offence punishable beneath the legislation.
Police prosecutor, Odo, instructed the court docket that his workplace couldn’t produce Ezue in court docket due to the shortcoming to serve him with the fees.
Though the lawyer urged the court docket to grant him depart to amend the fees to permit the 4 defendants who have been in court docket take their plea, the decide refused the prayer.
The arraignment was, nevertheless, stalled as a result of absence of the third defendant in court docket.
Counsel to the defendants, Chief Okey Obikeze, knowledgeable the court docket that his purchasers have been on administrative bail.
Justice Ekwo, who positioned them on the executive bail earlier granted by the police, adjourned the matter till December 2, 2021 for arraignment.
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