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Lawyer arraigned for trying to steal Properties of Dead Client

 

Operatives of the Police Special Fraud Unit,PSFU at Milverton Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, have arraigned a legal practitioner, Wilson Nnaji, 51, and two others before a Lagos Magistrate Court for allegedly forging the signature and document of late Adewale Fajembola with the alleged intent to take over four flats in his Estate to the prejudice of his children.

Others arraigned with the lawyer over the alleged offense were Olufunke Fajembola, 60 and Adegoke Olawumi, 52.

The accused persons, according to the police were arrested following a petition by the children of Late Fajembola.

The accused persons were arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate Court, Lagos on a four-count charge of felony to wit, fraudulently forging signature and uttering documents.

Police Counsel,Wewe Adegbayi informed the Court in charge No A/77/2017 that the accused persons conspired to commit the alleged offense between 10 August, 2015 and 30 July, 2016 at Eputu, Lekki, Lagos.

Adegbayi told the court that the accused persons fraudulently forged the signature and documents of late Fajembola on the contract for sale agreement documents dated 31 March, 2016 with intent that it might be used or acted upon as genuine to take over the four flats in his Estate to the prejudice of his children.

Adegbayi said in count four of the charges that Nnaji with intent to defraud, unlawfully and dishonestly conveyed four flats belonging to late Fajembola to one Arnest Anayochukwu for N20 million without the consent of the deceased’s children

Adegbayi said that the offenses the accused persons committed were punishable under Sections 409, 363 (3) (e), 364 (1) and 338 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused persons, however, pleaded not guilty to the alleged offense in the open court and the counsel to the lawyer, Dr Nnaji urged the Court to admit the defendant to bail on self recognition on the ground that apart from being his junior brother, he is a legal practitioner of over 26 years and that he would not jump bail if granted.

The Counsel to other accused, Mike Ajarume urged the court to admit his clients to bail on the most liberal terms and the Chief Magistrate, O.O Oshin admitted the lawyer to bail on self-recognition and two others to bail with two sureties.

Oshin adjourned the case till 25 January, 2018 for mention.

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