Forgery: Court adjourns Professor Mba’s trial till May 18
A Federal High Court in Lagos today (Monday) adjourned the trial of Professor, Joseph Mba, charged with forgery and perjury till May 18.
Justice Saliu Saidu adjourned the case following an application for adjournment by counsel to the accused, Mr. Ike Uko.
Uko had informed the court that he was yet to be served with the proof of evidence by the prosecution, in order to get him prepared for trial.
He, therefore, prayed the court for a further adjournment to enable him regularise.
The prosecutor, Mr Effiong Asuquo did not object to the prayer for adjournment, and added that he would make the proof of evidence available to defence counsel.
Justice Saidu consequently, fixed May 18 for trial.
The accused was arraigned on Feb. 11 by the Special Fraud Unit (SFU) on a three count charge bordering on the offence.
He had pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The judge had then ordered the accused to be remanded in custody, pending his application for bail.
According to the charge, the accused was alleged to have forged documents in the name of the Institute of Strategic Management Nig. Ltd.
The prosecutor had told the court that the accused allegedly forged a Special Resolution of the Institute of Strategic Management Nig. Ltd dated June 11, 2012.
According to the prosecutor, the forgery was with the intention of changing the name of the institution to the Institute of Strategic Management Ltd.
The document was alleged to have been signed by one Dr Austin Uwandulu to make it appear genuine.
Asuquo alleged that this was to prejudice the Institute of Strategic Management Nig. Ltd.
The accused was also said to have forged another Special Resolution of the Institute of Strategic Management Nig. Ltd, where he stated that one Samuel Ojo had been appointed secretary of the institution.
Mba was further alleged to have conspired with others at large to forge a Special Resolution of the institutes’ Extraordinary General Meeting.
The offence is said to have contravened the provisions of sections 1(2)(c) and 3(1) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap. M17 Laws of the Federation, 2004.
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