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Alleged forgery: Court fixes July 23 for arraignment of 2 top OGFZA officials

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Alleged forgery: Court fixes July 23 for arraignment of 2 top OGFZA officials

By Taiye Agbaje

Wuse Zone 2 Magistrates’ Court in Abuja set July 23 for indictment of two staff of the Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority (OGFZA) for alleged tampering and tampering of documents.

Magistrate Mabel Segun-Bello, set the date following the suspension of the 64-day industrial action initiated by the Union of Judicial Staff of Nigeria (JUSUN).

The new date had been communicated to the parties to the trial by notice of hearing which had been served on them by the bailiff.

Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports indictment blocked on April 26 due to strike

The court had, on March 16, given the police commissioner, command of the FCT, three weeks to produce two members of the personnel of the OGFZA; Mr. Wasiu Sule, Head of Legal Services and Secretary of the Board of Directors of OGFZA and Mr. Alenju Ngofa, Head of Human Resources of the organization, for indictment.

The court issued the order after the nominal plaintiff’s lawyer, Nkereuwem Akpan, informed the court that the defendants had escaped service despite several attempts.

NAN reports that while the plaintiff is Mr. Olufunmilayo David Omosule, the 1st and 2nd defendants are Sule and Ngofa respectively.

The magistrate also gave the green light to the police commissioner to investigate the defendants on the allegations made against them.

NAN reports that OGFZA and Omosule had been locked in a legal battle over the legality or otherwise of the complainant’s suspension, following his petition against certain members of the agency’s management for alleged corruption.

Omosule had alleged that the defendants had willfully and maliciously distorted his records “to give the impression that he did not have any qualification required to be employed at OGFZA or any qualification to be considered for promotion”.

He declared that their action amounted to forgery and falsification of documents contrary to articles 363 and 364 of the Penal Code, which is prejudicial and prejudicial to his person.

The agency had, by letter dated April 18, 2011, suspended Omosule as director of its Abuja office, on the grounds that he refused to comply with his letter dated December 3, 2010, urging him to submit the original identifiers for verification.

Omosule, however, refuted the authority’s claim, stating that he made available to the organization certified true copies (CTCs) of his education certificates / diplomas, including GCE level certificates. ‘O and diplomas according to the instructions.

Omosule had claimed that the originals of his credentials had been misplaced under circumstances untraceable in 2010 when the report to submit the originals was made.

The applicant also claimed that the CTCs of his certificates submitted to the agency were certified by the issuing institutions, which included the West African Examination Council and the University of Ado-Ekiti, respectively, and then the State University of Ondo, Ado-Ekiti.

The plaintiff therefore asks the court to declare that he was still a staff member of the organization and that he was entitled to all the rights, privileges and benefits due to him by reason of his employment.

He asks the court for an order directing the defendant to reinstate him in the post of director, at level 17, a post which he claimed his contemporaries occupied now.

Omosule is also seeking the court order to order the agency to pay all of its overdue salaries, benefits and entitlements since 2011.

In addition, he asks the court to order the organization to pay him 50 million naira in exemplary and general damages. (NAA)

(NAN)

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