AGF lines up 10 witnesses against Anambra university professor, others – The Sun Nigeria

From Godwin Tsa, Abuja

The federal government has lined up 10 witnesses against a university professor, Obiajulu Obikeze and four others charged with alleged falsification of chiefdom documents.

This was revealed by Advocate for the Federation Attorney General’s Office, AGF, Ewere Aliemeke before Judge Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Aliemeke, informed the court that “we were able to retrieve the case file from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation”, he said.

“How many witnesses are you calling?” asked the judge.

“We are going to call a dozen witnesses,” he replied.

But Chief Okey Obike, who appeared for the defendants, said an application for an order dismissing the charge had been filed.

“It was filed on April 19, 2022. We say this charge is a complete abuse of legal process,” he said.

Aliemeke, who acknowledged the request, said the prosecution responded to the process.

“But we intend to add one or more things to the process filed by the previous attorney,” he said.

Judge Ekwo adjourned the case until December 14 to hear the defense’s preliminary objection.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on June 10 reported that the AGF had taken over the case from the Nigerian Police, the former prosecution service.

Professor Obikeze, Dr Raymond Ofor, Chief Israel Ezue, Sir Amobi Nwafor and Okafor Bethram IK, who are the 1st through 5th defendants respectively, are being prosecuted on allegations bordering on falsification of chiefdom documents.

Obikeze, who works with Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, formerly known as Anambra State University Igbariam in Anambra, was arraigned on February 22 along with others on 11 counts.

Offor is the current General Chairperson of the Awa Community at Orumba North LGA and a retired director of Anambra’s Ministry of Education; Chief Ezue, a tire dealer in the northern states of the country; Sir Nwafor, an architect by training and Bethram, was a retired principal of a primary school in Agulu at Aniocha LGA in the state.

In the charge marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/184/2021 dated and filed on July 6, 2021, the accused allegedly committed the offense on or about January 15, 2019 at Awa, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra.
In the first count, the five defendants, and others currently at large, allegedly conspired to commit the offense of forgery contrary to Article 3(6) and punishable under Article 1(2). ) (c) Miscellaneous Offenses Act, Cap M17 Laws of Nigeria, 2010.

While Count Two accuses them of uttering falsified documents, Count Three accuses them of writing “a false letter to the Special Advisor to the Governor of Anambra on Chieftaincy and Union of Towns Issues.” “.
The document is titled “Awa Chieftaincy Constitution Submission” knowing that it is fake, with the intention that it can be considered authentic at Government House, Awka, Anambra State.

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