Police dock 4 men for forging dead man’s signature in Abuja


The police on Thursday arraigned four men in an FCT Chief Magistrates’ Court in Karu for forging a dead man’s signature and attempting to withdraw N135, 000 from his account.

Stephen Dughnal, Barnabas Luga, Moses Alari and Paul Felix appeared before Chief Magistrate Hadiza Shagari on a three-count charge of joint act, forgery and attempt to commit an offence.

The prosecutor, Cpl. Silas Nanpan, identified the dead man as AB Ogwe, who owned Mangrine Hotel in Nyanya, Abuja.

Nanpan said that the first and second accused persons (Dughnal and Luga) worked for the late hotelier who treated the four men as his children.

He said that the case was reported at the Nyanya Police Station by one Olagunju Akumoda, who works at the Nyanya branch of Ecobank Plc.

“The first and second accused persons walked up to a cashier at the bank and presented a cheque with forged signature without knowing the account had been blocked by the deceased’s relatives.

“The cashier suspected a foul play and quickly reported the matter to the branch manager of the bank who ordered the security guards to arrest them before they could escape,” he alleged.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty.

Their counsel, Mr John Onushe, applied orally for their bail “on liberal terms” which the persecutor did not object.

Shagari granted them bail for N50, 000 each with two reliable sureties who must be resident within the court’s jurisdiction.

She ruled that one of the sureties must be a federal civil servant and adjourned the case until May 7 for hearing

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