Lawyer, 2 Others Remanded Over  Forgery, N15m Theft

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A lawyer, Evans Azuike, and two other persons, after their arraignment on Friday, before a Federal High Court, Lagos, over allegation of conspiracy, forgery and theft of N15 million, were ordered to be remanded in prisons custody, pending when their bail applications will be heard.
Other two accused persons are:  Dickson Igochi, 53 and Patrick Onomhanta, 55.
Justice Mohammed Idris, gave the remand order of the accused persons, after they all pleaded not guilty to the three counts charge levelled against them by the men of Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (FCIID), Alagbon-Ikoyi, Lagos.
FCIID in a charge marked FHC/L/12c/2018, had alleged that the three accused person and others now at large, have sometimes in May, 2004, whle working with a limited liability company, Fountain Guard Nigeria Limited, located at Desalu Street, Ebute metta, Lagos, conspired among themselves and forged the signature of one Paul Njoku, which they used in altering several documents of the company.
The FCIID through its prosecutors, Akin Owonade and Adebayo Ade, also informed the court that the accused persons, after forging Paul’s signature, approached Corporate Affair Commission (CAC) with some of the altered document with an intent to make them look genuine.
The accused persons were also alleged that during the mentioned date, also stole the sum of N15 million, belonging to their former employer.
The offences according to the prosecutors, are contrary to 516, 465 and 382 of the Criminal Code Cap. C38, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria. And punishable under sections 467 and 382(9) of the same Act.
The lawyer and other two accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Following their plea, their lawyer, Williams Ballantyne, told the that he has filed the bail applications for each of the accused persons, and same have been served on the prosecution. He therefore urged the court to hear the applications, and admits his clients bail.
But in response, one of the prosecutors, Adebayo Ade, confirmed being served with the applications, but told the court that he needed time to respond.
In view of the prosecutor’s submission, the presiding judge, Justice Mohammed Idris, while adjourned the matter till March 5, for hearing of the accused persons bail applications, ordered that they should be remanded in prisons custody.

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