Court arraigns 4 over forgery and impersonation
The magistrate court, sitting in Wuse Zone 2, has arraigned four men on Monday over alleged forgery and impersonation.
The accused persons identified as Ogbonnaya Leo, Robert Okonichukwu, Titus Bolarinwa and Prince Tunde were said to have committed an offence contravening sections 97,312,132,364 and 368 of the Penal Code.
The prosecutor, Blessing Ezeala, told the court that on November 19, 2015, the commissioner of police received a distress call from one Chinyere Chalete that the accused conspired and duped her, using fake documents.
The prosecutor informed the court that the complainant was awarded a contract by the Kaduna State Police Command to supply 12, 000 bags of rice and two 2, 000 laptops.
“However, the complainant couldn’t execute the contract because she was not financially buoyant at that point in time,” Ezeala said. “Thus, she contacted Ogbonnaya who indicated interest in the contract. Ogbonnaya told the complainant that he knew somebody who will finance the contract. Consequently, the complainant handed over the two contracts papers to him.
“With the intention to cheat, the accused persons presented a fake document bearing Kulmet Integrated Services Limited to her and told her that the company is owned by the managing director of Stella Maris College, Abuja. The complainant said she was deceived by the accused persons when she saw the MD’s signature on the document, unknown to her that it was forged.”
The prosecutor added that the accused persons failed to honour their own part of the deal after they had extorted the complainant.
She said that during police investigation, the accused persons confessed to the alleged crime.
When the charges were read to the accused persons, they pleaded not guilty. Chief Magistrate Samuel Idhiarhi granted the accused persons bail in the sum of N2m each and two sureties in the like sum. The case was adjourned to August 8, 2016, for hearing.