Lawyer, 4 others docked for alleged forgery, will alteration

Lawyer, 4 others docked for alleged forgery, will alteration

A lawyer, Mr Falola Fasomo, 72;  and four other persons were on Tuesday arraigned  in  an Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’  Court in Ibadan for alleged forgery.

The four other accused persons are  Olubunmi Akangbe,  41;  Olubunmi Amusa,  71; Prof. Adedoyin Soyibo,70;  and Dr Junaid Ogundiran, 70.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the accused   were arraigned on a three -count  charge of conspiracy, forgery and altering.

The Prosecutor, Cpl. James Oriola,  alleged  that Fasomo, Akangbe, Amusa, Soyibo and Ogundiran as well as  others at large  conspired to commit the crime.

Oriola also alleged that  the accused forged the signature on the will of Late Prof. Lateef Oluwole Amusa on March 19, 2015 , at about 9.a.m.  in  Ibadan.

He alleged that  the accused persons  at an Oyo State High Court in  Ibadan knowingly and fraudulently altered the will of Amusa.

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Oriola said the offences  contravened Sections  467, 468, and 516 of the Criminal Code, Cap 38, Vol. II, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

All the accused persons, however,  pleaded not guilty.

The counsel to the  first and second defendants, Mr Babatunde Ajijola,  said  Fasomo was  a senior lawyer and ought to be given bail on liberal terms as he would not jump bail knowing the implications.

Ajijola also urged the court to grant bail to the  second defendant, Akangbe, who  was the  secretary to the first defendant .

Mr Abdulwasiu  Raheem, the  counsel to the third defendant, said his client was the legal wife of  Amusa  and should be granted bail on self-recognition.

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Mr Omoyeni Olusola and Mr Bolaji Agoro,  counsel  for the fourth and fifth defendants, equally  applied for  bail of  their  clients  on  liberal terms.

The Chief  Magistrate, Mr Taiwo Oladiran,  granted the accused persons bail in the sum of   N50, 000   with one surety each  and adjourned the case till May 9  for hearing. (NAN)

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