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Police Arraigns 2 For Forging COSON's Documents

Policemen from Zone 2 Comand, Onikan Lagos, today, arraigned two men before an Igbosere Chief Magistrate's Court, Lagos on two counts charge bordering on forgery.

The two men charged before Chief Magistrate O. O. Oshin (Mrs) are: Efe Omoregie, 47 and Joel Ajayi, 61.

The police in charge marked A/29/2018, alleged that the two accused and others now at large, on December 7, 2017, at 41, Oluwaleyimu street, Ikeja, Lagos, with an intent to defraud, forged letter head papers of Copyright Society of Nigeria Ltd (COSON) with intent that it may be acted upon or used as genuine whether in Nigeria or elsewhere to the prejudice of Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON).

The police also called that the two accused persons, on the said date, conducted themselves in a manner likely to breach public peace, by unlawfully invaded and disrupted a meeting proceedings presided by Chief Tony Okoroji.

The offences according to the prosecutor, Sergeant Friday Memeh, who stood in for Inspector Stephen Molo, are contrary to sections  363, 366(1) and 168(d) and punishable under sections 376 of the criminal laws of Lagos state of Nigeria, 2015.

The two men however pleaded not guilty to the charges.

In view of their plea, the prosecutor, urged the court to remand them in prison custody pending trial. 

But their lawyers, Ehiwele and Chibuzor Nwakobi, pleaded with the court to grant their clients bail in the most liberal terms.

The presiding Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Oshin, subsequently, admitted them to bail in the sum of N250, 000, with one surety each.

The surety according to the Chief Magistrate, are to file before the court evidence of three years tax payable to Lagos state government, alongside means of livelihood, while their residential addresses must be verified by the prosecutor.

The matter has been adjourned till May 17, mention.

The Chief Magistrate however ordered that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody pending the fulfilment of the bail terms.

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