A Magistrate Court sitting in Port Harcourt has remanded three persons on different count charges of alleged fraud, felony and conspiracy of issuing affidavit of different kinds.
Chidinma Ikeokwu was alleged to have within the month of April, 2021, at the Rivers State University back gate, Port Harcourt with intent to defraud, forged three Rivers State High Court stamps, Commissioner for Oaths signatures and issues affidavit of different kinds.
While Goodluck Lezoo and Raphael Pie in a two counts had within the month of April 2021 at Uhaka Crescent, Eagle Island in Port Harcourt conspired amongst themselves to commit felony by defrauding and forging three Rivers State High Court stamps, Commissioner for Oaths signatures and issue affidavits of different kinds to their clients.
According to the charges, the suspects are alleged to have deceived their victims that the document are properties of the Rivers State Judiciary and are genuine to the prejudice of the general public and thereby committed an offence punishable under section of the Criminal Code of Law of Federation, 2004.
Our Correspondent reports that the three suspects pleaded not guilty, before Chief Magistrate Amadi Nna adjourned the case to the 23rd of July 2021 for bail consideration following application for bail by defense counsels.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Nigeria Bar Association Port Harcourt Branch, Prince Onyekwere who represented Nigeria Bar Association as the Petitioner spoke on their interest in prosecuting the matter.
Onyekwere who disclosed this while speaking to journalists outside the courtroom, said that the accused are not Judiciary workers, and the affidavits didn’t eminent from Judiciary, they have been issuing fake affidavit with forging of Commissioner of Oath signature.
He added that the bank tellers used by this suspects are not reflecting in the Judiciary account, stating they have conducted themselves into taunting and disgracing the Judiciary by dragging some litigants and members of the public who want to do business in the Judiciary.
He further advised litigants and members of the public to get the affidavits from the authorized persons inside the court.