Court remands Indian, 3 others for allegedly forging SON’s receipts

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Written by Maritime First

…As PDP hails Supreme Court’s verdict on Bayelsa poll***

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday ordered the remand of an Indian, Omkar Shinde, for allegedly forging receipts of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON).

Shinde was arraigned alongside Chucks Okeke, Shittu Adedeji and a company, Everchem Paints Nigeria Ltd., on a three-count charge bordering on forgery.

Justice Saliu Saidu ordered that the defendants should be remanded at the Ikoyi Correctional Services pending the hearing of their bail applications.

Saidu, therefore, adjourned the case until March 4 for hearing of the bail applications.

The defendants had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Earlier, a Senior State Counsel, Mr Olofindare Adeleke, told the court that the defendants committed the offences on Feb. 12 at Close 6, House 4 Satellite Town, Lagos, and at 110/114 Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, Isolo.

Adeleke said that the defendants forged 15 receipts of SON and presented them as genuine.

“Adedeji did present the fake documents to SON officials, which he knew were false documents with intent to be used as genuine,” the prosecutor said.

Adeleke said the offences contravened Section 465 of the Criminal Law Nigeria, 2004.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

A defence counsel, Mr E.O Pobeni (for the first defendant), Mr Tiwalade Aderoju (for the second and fourth defendants) and Mr I. C. Ituma (for third defendant), told the court that they had filed bail applications on behalf of their clients.

In another development, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has hailed Wednesday’s verdict of the Supreme Court on Bayelsa Governorship election.

The party gave the commendation in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja.

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Ologbondiyan, however, noted that the elements and grounds for PDP demands and majority of Nigerians for the reversal of Imo State Governorship election judgment were completely different from those of Bayelsa.

He said that PDP’s demand on Imo was not in any way in contestation of the authority and finality of the Supreme Court.

He said the demand was rather a patriotic effort to assist the Supreme Court affirm its infallibility by correcting the inherent mistakes in the judgment, which came as a result of misleading presentation to it by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“It is, therefore, instructive to note that the various election matters before the Supreme Court were brought on clearly distinctive grounds and each should be treated on its merit before the law,” he said.

Ologbondiyan  said the only reason APC was pushing for a review of the Supreme Court’s valid and flawless judgment on the Bayelsa and Zamfara Governorship elections was to cause confusion and blackmail the Supreme Court from treating the Imo case on merit.

He said that the grounds for the reversal of Imo judgment were unambiguously, constitutional and completely distinct from APC’s demands on the Bayelsa and Zamfara  elections.

“The party, therefore, urged the Supreme Court not to succumb to the threats and blackmail to push it or restrain itself from looking at the merit of the Imo case; correcting the mistakes and reversing the flawed judgment,” he said.


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