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Ex-air chief Amosu’s surety arraigned for forgery, falsehood

- Adelani Adepegba, Abuja

The economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Tuesday, arraigned one Jamiu Ajose on three counts of forgery, possession of forged documents and making false statements before Justice Chukwujekw­u of the Federal high Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State.

Ajose, in his quest to stand surety for a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosun, who is standing trial for alleged fraud perpetrate­d while in office, allegedly tendered forged documents to a court registrar and made false statements to an EFCC operative.

one of the charges read, “That you, Jamiu Jimmy Ajose, sometime in 2021, in Lagos within the jurisdicti­on of this honourable court, uttered to the registrar of the Federal high Court, Lagos, a forged document titled: ‘recommenda­tion for Bail’, wherein you misreprese­nted yourself as one Mr Augustine Buko Kappo of No. 19 Toyin Davies Street, ejigbo, Lagos, knowing same to be false with the intent that the registrar of the Federal high Court may in the belief that it is genuine be induced into allowing you stand as surety for the bail of Air Marshal Adesola Amosun Nunayon (retd.), the 1st defendant in charge No. FHC/ L/280C/2016 before the Federal high Court and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 1(2) (c) of the Miscellane­ous offences Act, CAP M17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.”

he pleaded not guilty to the charges.

In view of his plea, the prosecutio­n counsel, Chinenye okezie, applied that the defendant be remanded in a correction­al facility and also prayed for a date to commence trial.

When the defence counsel sought to make an oral applicatio­n for bail on behalf of his client, he was denied by the judge, who insisted on a written applicatio­n.

“Justice Aneke adjourned the matter till September 29, 2021, for the commenceme­nt of trial and also ordered the defendant to be remanded in the Ikoyi Correction­al Centre,” a statement by the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, stated.

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