A 74-year-old man, Adejare Agboola has been arraigned before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrate Court for alleged forgery of documents from the Secretary of the Government of the Federatiom, the Ministry of Interior and the Ekiti State House of Assembly.
Police prosecutor, Inspector Johnson Okunade had told the Ado Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court that Agboola, and others at large, who are facing a charge of forgery, committed the offence on November 14, 2018, in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
Okunade said: “The defendant and others at large, forged a document claiming to have originated from the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and presented it to Ekiti State Government to assist and generate funds for the state, knowing that the document was fake.
“The defendant and others at large, on May 16, 2017, in Ado-Ekiti, also forged a document claiming that it originated from the Ekiti State House of Assembly and presented it to Ekiti State Government to assist and generate funds for the state, knowing that the document was fake.
“The defendant and others at large, sometime in September 2018 in Ado-Ekiti, forged a document claiming that it originated from the Federal Ministry of Interior and presented it to Ekiti State Government to assist and generate funds for the state, knowing that the document was fake.”
The prosecutor further accused Agboola and others at large of having claimed to be members of the Disaster Rescue Support Agency, which they said was a registered organisation.
According to him, the offences contravened section 465 and punishable under section 467 of the Criminal Code Cap C77 Laws of Ekiti State 2012.
The prosecutor urged the court for an adjournment to enable him to study the case file and present his witnesses.
Agboola, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
His counsel, Mr Timi Omotosho, urged the court to grant him bail with a promise that he would always be present in court anytime needed.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Adesoji Adegboye, granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum, while adjourning the case until August 30th.
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