A lawyer, Mr. Mbanefo Nwoko, was yesterday arraigned at an Asaba Magistrates’ Court in Delta State for alleged forging medical documents.
He is facing a 10-count charge of conspiracy and forgery.
Mbanefo pleaded not guilty.
The Magistrate, Ann Okonkwo, granted the accused bail at N200, 000 and a surety in like sum.
The surety, according to the court, must be resident within the court jurisdiction where he must have landed property.
Okonkwo ordered the surety to submit documents of the property to the court, before adjourning the matter till September 12.
Defence counsel P.C. Dukwun had applied for bail, saying the accused is a lawyer with over 30 years’ experience.
Dukwun prayed the court to grant the accused bail on self-recognition.
He said the offences were bailable.
But the prosecution counsel, R.O. Ishiguzo, opposed the bail application, saying the accused might jump bail and influence the course of justice.
He said the accused, if granted bail, might suppress evidence that might incriminate him, adding that the matter was still under investigation.
According to the charges, the accused and others at large allegedly forged documents of the Hospital Management Board, Owa-Oyibu, and presented same as genuine documents to Chief Magistrates’ Court 1, Asaba.
15 August, 2017