A Lagos based lawyer, Edward Oseghale was on Monday arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, charged for procuring false judgement and using it to evict tenants from their homes.
The accused, whose address is not known, is facing a five-counts of forgery. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs O.A. Ojo, granted the accused bail in the sum of N50,000, and asked him to provide two responsible sureties as part of the conditions.
She said that one of the sureties must be a property owner in Lagos while the other must be working in a reputable company.
“Both must be gainfully employed and show evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government,” Ojo said
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Sgt. Kenrich Nomayo, had told the court that the accused committed the offences on June 29, at 10.00 a.m, at Yaba Magisterial Court in Lagos.
He said the accused forged a court judgement with suit No. MCY/368/15 purported to have been prepared by Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Toluwalase Abayomi of court four in Surulere, Lagos.
He alleged that the legal practitioner also forged the signature of Mrs. Busola Banjo, the registrar of Yaba Magistrate Court.
“On July 6, the accused also forged the signature of the Magistrate O.A. Banjo on a forged judgement with suit No. MCY/103/18 and forged a magistrate court of Lagos State cashier stamp,” Nomayo said
On Sept. 25, the Chief Judge of Lagos State Mrs Opeyemi Oke after Oseghale was apprehended had vowed to ensure he was prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to other perpetuators.
The Oke had noted that the forgery of orders, rulings and judgments was rampant in the state.
“The matter is already in the hands of the police and we will ensure that he is prosecuted, the officers of the Lagos State Judiciary who are involved are willing to testify against him,” Oke said.
The offences contravened Sections 365 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 365 stipulates three years for forgery.
The case has been adjourned until Nov. 8 for mention.