Lawyer Charged with Forging Court Processes

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By Tobi Soniyi

The police on Thursday charged a legal practitioner, Mr Eziafa Samuel Enwedo, before a Federal High Court in Abuja for allegedly  forging court processes which a court of the Federal Capital Territory relied on to give judgment in which the court set aside the election of Mr Ifeanyi Ubah as the senator representing Anambra South.

Enwedo was said to have conspired with his client who was plaintiff in the suit Anani Anacletus Chuka, and a contestant for the senatorial seat, Dr Obinna Uzor who later applied to join the suit, and two others namely Aroh Ifunanya and Faith Samuel.

Count one of the charges obtained by our correspondent read: “That you Eziafa Samuel Enwedo on or about September, 2019 at the Federal Capital Territory within the jurisdiction of this court did conspire with Anani Anacletus Chuka, Aron Ifunanya, Faith Samuel and Obinna Uzor all of who are at large to commit a felony to with forging originating summons number CV/3044/18 Anani Anacletus Chuka Versus Ubah Ifeanyi Patrick and Others and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 3(b) of the miscellaneous offences Act Cap M17 Law’s of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and punishable under Section 1(2) of the same Act.

In count two, the accused  was charged thus:
“That you Eziafa Samuel Enwedo and the following other persons now at large that is Anani Anacletus Chuka (M) Aron Ifunanya (F) Faith Samuel (F) and Obinna Uzor (M) on or about 27th of March 2019 at the Federal Capital Territory within the jurisdiction of this court did conspire amongst yourselves to commit felony, to wit; forging of motion for joinder with motion number M/4017/19; and thereby commuted an offense contrary to Section 3(b) of the miscellaneous offenses Act, Cap M17 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and punishable under Section 1(2)(c) of the same Act.”

Count three, according to the prosecution counsel, Celestine Uroki Odo of the Police Legal/Prosecution Section of the Forces Headquarters Abuja read “that you Eziafa Samuel Enwedo (M) and the following other persons now at large that is Anani Anacletus Chuka(M), Aron Ifunanya (F), Faith Samuel (F) and Obinna Uzor (M) on or about September,2019 at the Federal Capital Territory Abuja; within the jurisdiction of this court, with intent to defraud, made a false document, originating summons No 3044/18 Anani Anacletus Chuka Versus Ubah Ifeanyi Patrick & Others knowing same to be false, with intent that it may be acted upon as genuine to the prejudice of Senator (Dr) Ubah Ifeanyi Patrick a distinguished Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial District and thereby committed an offense punishable under Section 1(2)(c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M17, LFN 2004 ” In count four, the suspects were charged thus:
“That you Eziafa Samuel Enwedo (M) and the following other persons now at large that is Anani Anacletus Chuka(M),Aron Ifunanya (F), Faith Samuel (F) and Obinna Uzor (M) on or about September ,2019 at the Federal Capital Territory Abuja; within the jurisdiction of this court, with intent to defraud, made a false document, namely motion on notice for joinder, with No M/4017/19, knowing same to be false, with the intent that it may be acted on as genuine to the prejudice of Senator (Dr) Ubah Ifeanyi Patrick a distinguished Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial District and thereby committed an offense punishable under Section 1(2)(c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M17, LFN 2004.”

Count five reads: “That you Eziafa Samuel Enwedo (M) and the following other persons now at large that is Anani Anacletus Chuka(M),Aron Ifunanya (F), Faith Samuel (F) and Obinna Uzor (M) on or about September,2019 at the Federal Capital Territory Abuja; within the jurisdiction of this court, with intent to defraud, made a false document, namely a purported judgment in suit number CV/3044/18 knowing same to be false with intent that it may be acted upon as genuine to the prejudice of Senator (Dr) Ubah Ifeanyi Patrick a distinguished Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial District and thereby committed an offense punishable under Section 1(2)(c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M17, LFN 2004.”

Count six: “That you Eziafa Samuel Enwedo (M) and the following other persons now at large that is Anani Anacletus Chuka(M),Aron Ifunanya (F), Faith Samuel (F) and Obinna Uzor (M) sometime in ,2019 at the Federal Capital Territory Abuja; made a press release to Elombanews with attached court documents that Senator (Dr) Ubah Ifeanyi Patrick, the distinguished Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial District at the 9th Senate of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has by that judgment been removed from the Senate on the grounds of having forged his NECO Certificate and that his party, Young People’s Party (YPP( did not conduct primaries, a message or news that is grossly offensive or indecent, obscene or menacing, and you caused annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to the said Senator (Dr) Ubah Ifeanyi Patrick, even though you knew the information to be false, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 15(1)(a),(b) Cyber Crime Act 2015.”

The police said the suspect would be arraigned next week.