A Lagos High Court in Igbosere Wednesday fixed October 25 for the arraignment of a lawyer, Kole Bello, for alleged conspiracy and forgery.
First defendant Bello, and three others – Chukwuka Victor, Friday Palmer and Osumah Joseph Terry – appeared in court yesterday following a bench warrant issued for their arrest by Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo last July 10.
But their arraignment was stalled following the prosecution’s inability to present the case file.
Prosecution counsel, Mr R. O. Aroyewun, told Justice Taiwo that there were new developments.
“A petition was forwarded to the Attorney-General’s office in respect of the matter. The A-G called for the case file yesterday for a further review. So we are not with the file here,” Aroyewun said.
Following an application by defence counsel, Mr F. O. Udokeorah, Justice Taiwo granted the defendants, except Bello, N1million bail with two sureties in the like sum.
When the judge asked Bello who his lawyer was he explained that he was a counsel.
“But I’m still in custody for another matter, that’s why I didn’t prepare my bail application,” Bello said.
Justice Taiwo adjourned their arraignment till October 25.
According to a temporary charge brought by the prosecution last March 1, the defendants committed the alleged offences sometimes in December 2001.
They allegedly forged a C-of-O with Ref. No. 63/63/1989s “with the intent that it may be used or acted upon as genuine.”
The offences contravened Sections 422 and 427 of the Criminal Code Law of Lagos State, 2003.
20 Sept, 2017