“The arraignment of 12 persons alleged to have forged the title documents of a vast expense of land belonging to the Registered Trustees of the Estate of late Madam Efunroye Tinubu was Tuesday stalled at a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja as the police failed to produce the defendants in courtroom.
The defendants include Buhari Oloto, Tomori Williams, Adeyemi Adewale, Jimoh Jafar, Kunle Olajide and Chief Edward Ajayi.
Others are; Adejumo Tajudeen, Abeden Akinoki, Lukeman Bakari, Junaid Akeem, Ogundele Olatunji and Alawe Adeniyi.
When the matter came up before Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye yesterday, the prosecutor, Mr Emmanuel Jackson, told the court that the defendants were in police custody in Abuja.
“This matter is for arraignment today, this is the first time that I’m appearing in this matter, we have made efforts to produce the defendants in court to no avail.
“I was personally in Alagbon to talk to the police and the police said that their administrative bail will be revoked and that the defendants will be produced in court.
“The Commissioner of Police had ordered that all the defendants be taken to Abuja and that on the next adjourned date, the defendants will be produced.
“We will like to request for a further date for another adjournment,” he said.
Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye ordered that the police produce the defendants on the next court date.
The defendants are to face a three – count charge of unlawful interference of property, forcible entry and forcible possession of land belonging to the estate of late Madam Efunroye Tinubu.
According to the prosecutor, the defendants unlawfully interfered with and forged the title documents of vast expense of land belonging to the Registered Trustees of the Estate of late Madam Efunroye Tinubu located at the the Alaka area of Lagos.
The alleged offences, according to the prosecution, were contrary to Sections 52, 53 and 338 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.
The case was adjourned until June 8 for arraignment.”
Source: The Nation
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