Two lawyers and a 50-year-old man were on Friday arraigned before an Oredo Magistrate Court in Benin for allegedly forging a dead man’s will.
One of the lawyers, Mercy Sheidum is widow of the deceased, late Kolawole Sheidum whose will was alleged to have been forged.
Lawyer Sheidum was charged alongside another lawyer, 75-year-old Samuel Urhoghide, and one, Jona Sojah.
50-year-old Sojah was the deceased’s colleague.
According to the prosecution, the three persons forged a testamentary instrument purported to have been made by Sheidum’s husband, the late Kolawole.
The prosecution submitted that the accused conspired to commit the forgery in 1997 on the Murtala Mohammed Way, Benin.
According to the prosecution, the offences contravened Sections 516 and 467 (2) (f) of the Criminal Code of Edo.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Fred Igbinosa, granted the two lawyers bail on self recognition, and admitted the third accused to bail in the sum of N100, 000 and a surety.
The magistrate adjourned the case till Nov. 2, for mention.