EFCC Arraigns Octogenarian Over Forgery



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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on June 26, 2012, arraigned the duo of Adolphus Reuben, 80, and Miguel Enwerem before Justice Suleiman.B. Belgore of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on a 19 count charge of forgery. The offence is punishable under section 97 of the Penal Code Act Cap 532 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.

The suspects were alleged to have forged a Corporate Affairs Commission document, Form CAC7, in the name of Ideal Travel Agency Limited and used same as genuine sometime in October, 2010.

When the charges were read to the accused persons, they all pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Counsel to the first accused person, J.O.Obono-Obla moved a motion asking the court to grant the accused bail. The application supported by a ten paragraph affidavit, urged the court to consider the age of the accused person and the fact that he has been on administrative bail since February, 2011, assuring that he will not jump bail.

Counsel to the second accused person, E.T.Bukar, who aligned with Obono-Obla urged to court to exercise its discretion in favour of his client, assuring that he will not jump bail.

The prosecution counsel, Mammud Bello raised no objection to the bail application by the accused persons.

After listening to both counsel, the Judge granted the accused bail in the sum of five million naira each and two sureties in like sum. The sureties, the judge said must be a civil servant not below the rank of a level seven officer.

Count six of the nineteen count charge reads:

“That you Adolphus Reuben, Miguel Enwerem and others at large on or about the 18th of October, 2010 at Abuja in the Abuja judicial division of the high court of the federal capital territory made a false General Title Form ‘A’ of the High Court of the federal capital territory in the name of one Enwerem Evan and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 364 of the penal code Act cap 532 laws of the federation of Nigeria (Abuja) 2004”.

The case has been adjoined to 24th and 25th October, 2012 for hearing.

……Docks Auto Dealer Over N11.5m Fraud
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, arraigned Mr. Bello Tambuwal, 34, of Tambuwal Global Motors Limited, before Justice Mohammed Talba of the FCT High Court, Gudu District, Abuja on a one count charge of criminal breach of trust.

The charge reads: “That you, Alhaji Bello Mohammed Tambuwal on or about 15th  day of December, 2009 at Abuja, in the Abuja Judicial Division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory being entrusted with certain property, to wit, a Lincoln Navigator Jeep motor vehicle belonging to one Chief Damian Ozorumba committed criminal breach of trust and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 312 of the Penal Code Act, Cap. 532, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (Abuja) 1990”.

Tambuwal’s ordeal followed a petition to the EFCC by Chief Damian Ozorumba dated February 5, 2010. Ozorumba had alleged that on the 15th  of December, 2009, Tambuwal approached him and indicated interest to buy his Lincoln Navigator SUV for an agreed sum of N11, 500,000 (Eleven Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira).

The petitioner said that two days after the accused took possession of the vehicle, he informed the owner that Sokoto state governor, Alhaji Aliyu M. Wamako was the prospective buyer and promised to pay the complainant the agreed sum on the 19th of December, 2009 but failed to do so.

The accused person pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.

The defence counsel, Onuoha Ogbujie thereafter applied for bail supported with a five paragraph affidavit. But this was objected to by the prosecution counsel, A. R. Mmatoh who argued that the defence has not placed sufficient material before the Court to guarantee that the accused person will not jump bailt since he already has a record for jumping bail with the EFCC; and that he has a similar case pending before another court.

After listening to the argument of counsel, Justice Talba ordered that the accused be remanded in EFCC custody and adjourned to 2nd  July, 2012 for ruling on the bail application.

 


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