Brothers in court for allegedly defrauding clergy of N1.3m



Two brothers, Olanrewaju and Kolawole Afuwape, on Thursday appeared in an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, for allegedly defrauding a clergy of N1.3 million.

The police charged Olanrewaju,44, and Kolawole, 35, with four counts of conspiracy, forgery and theft.

The Prosecution Counsel, Sgt. Tope Adegbie, told the court that the defendants committed the offence from 2018 to July 2019 at Alimosho area of Lagos.

Adegbie alleged that  the defendants forged a document dated Aug. 18, 2000, to steal the N1.3 million realised as rent for the 24-rooms and two shops, belonging to the complainant, Pastor Lawrence Idowu.

He said that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 287, 365, 366 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagis State, 2015.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 287 stipulates three years for stealing, while Section 411 provides two years for conspiracy.

The brothers pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Magistrate Y.O. Aro-Lambo  admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N50, 000 each with one surety each in like sum.

Aro-Lambo ordered that the surety must be gainfully employed with  evidence of tax payments to the Lagos State Government.

He then adjourned the case until Oct. 17 for mention.



Two in ICPC net over certificate forgery



The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arrested two men who specialised in forging education certificates at the University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT), Rivers.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Spokesperson of the commission, Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa, identified the suspects as Roland Onosemuode and Jacobson Jonathan.

Okoduwa said the principal suspect, Onosemuode (aka Rolex), was nabbed through a sting operation by ICPC operatives at the UNIPORT Choba Campus.

“The suspects specialise in forging school leaving results, diplomas and degree certificates.

“Earlier, ICPC undercover operatives approached Roland and requested him to produce an original Bachelor of Engineering certificate in Chemical Engineering for employment into one of the oil servicing companies.

“He agreed to do it for N45,000, and was arrested after producing forged degree certificate and on receiving the balance of N25,000 marked money.

“Subsequently, he volunteered a statement in the presence of one Mr Atarhinyo Solomon Igho, and a lawyer Mr Dennis Enyi Nwokah.

“In the statement, he confessed to the allegation of certificate forgery and mentioned Jacobson Ubong Jonathan as a conspirator who was later arrested by ICPC operatives,” she said.

Okoduwa said the commission had since granted the suspects administrative bail, while further investigation was ongoing.

“The suspects will be charged to court for allegedly contravening Sections 15 and 25 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000,” she said.


Editing by Oluyinka Fadare/Ismail Abdulaziz

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Man in court for alleged forgery of land papers 



A 55-year-old man, Taiwo Ibitoye, was on Tuesday brought before a Kuje Magistrates’ Court, charged with forging land papers valued at N5 million.

Ibitoye, a resident of AA 1 Layout in Kuje, however, pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge of joint act, criminal trespass and forgery.

According to the Prosecutor, Sgt. Samuel Ocheche, the defendant and one other now at large forged the land papers belonging to one Mustapha Aliu.

Ocheche said that Aliu, the complainant, brought the matter before the Kuje Police station on Sept. 10.

The prosecutor said that the complainant visited his plot of land at No. 36 at AA 2 layout and discovered that Ibitoye was working on his land.

He said during investigation, it was discovered that the defendant forged the land papers.

However, he said the alleged offences contravened section 79, 348 and 364 of the penal code.

Magistrate Jim Taribo, gave the defendant bail of N200,000 with one surety who must reside within the jurisdiction of the court.

Taribo, however, adjourned the case until Nov. 28 for further hearing. (NAN)


Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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Tribunal dismisses certificate forgery case against Gov. AbdulRazak



The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Kwara State, on Friday, dismissed the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) petition seeking the nullification of Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazak’s election.

The chairman of the tribunal sitting in Ilorin, Justice Bassey Effiong, said the petitioners were alleging directly that the second respondent, AbdulRazak presented a fake WAEC certificate to INEC before the March 9 gubernatorial election.

Effiong said the PDP candidate, Mr Razak Atunwa, failed to prove the allegations.

“All evidences before us show that Abdulrazak sat for the examination and was therefore qualified to run for the office of the governor.

“From all the evidences before us, we hold that the petition lacks merit and is hereby dismissed,” the chairman of the three-man panel, announced in an unanimous judgment.

Effiong said the law stated that where a petitioner made the commission of a crime the kernel of his petition, then he must prove it beyond reasonable doubt.

“Has the petitioners discharged the burden of proof expected of them, and rom the evidence in this case, the answer is a resounding ‘No’.

“We hold that all the evidences presented by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) which the petitioners had relied upon and the subpoena, were at variance with the pleadings of the petitioners,” he said.

Effiong said WAEC, which is the only statutory body to issue such documents had made it clear that AbdulRazak’s credential had emanated from it.

He said that the witness presented by the petitioner, Olorunshola Victor, WAEC senior examination officer in Ilorin office, presented the subpoena documents, confirming the authenticity of the WAEC certificate of AbdulRazak.

“Victor told the tribunal that he was standing in for the first witness, Waheed Amode, who could not appear in court because of an unaffordable official meeting he had in Abuja

“He confirmed that the governor sat for his West Africa School Certificate (WASC) examination in 1976 at the Government College, Kaduna,” Effiong said.

The chairman said that the second respondent also presented a witness, who confirmed the authenticity of the WAEC certificate belonging to AbdulRazak.

“The witness, Mohammed Yaro told the court that he was graduated from Government College, Kaduna, in 1976 with AbdulRazak and they both sat for the WAEC examination.

“The witness said that, the governor’s serial number in WAEC was 119, while his was 122,” Effiong said.

The chairman said that all documents submitted by the respondents were not forged, as the documents were applicable to the election and the subsequent elections to come.

“The respondent was qualified to contest as at the time of the election and has won the election, having polled majority of the votes,” Effiong said.

Edited by Razak Owolabi/Yemi Idris Aduloju

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Nasarawa: Police to prosecute 2 fake corps members for forgery



. The police in Nasarawa, on Tuesday said they will soon charge two fake corps members, Njoku Chidi and Winifred Ahamefula, to court  with alleged forgery.

ASP Rahman Nansel, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), told newsmen in Lafia that Chidi, male, and Ahamefula, female, were arrested at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp in Keffi.

He said that the two youth who got cleared to participate in the national youth service in the state would be charged to court after investigations.

The PPRO said the duo claimed to have graduated from Imo state University.

Speaking to newsmen, Mrs Ramatu Sanda, NYSC Coordinator in the state, said that Chidi and Ahamefula presented forged clearance certificates to serve in the state.

She said the scheme’s state office received a tip-off from the office of the NYSC Director-General concerning the two fake corps members and took steps towards tracking them down.

“They told us that they still had some repeat courses, they believed that they can escape it, they paid some persons to clear them for the service.

“So we had to hand them over to the police for further investigation, they are no longer our corps members,” she said. 


Edited by Azubuike Okeh/Donald Ugwu


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