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Benin High Chief docked for forgery and destruction of building

A high chief in the palace of the Oba of Benin, Chief John Osamede Adun, has been docked before an Egor Magistrate Court for alleged forgery and destruction of building worth N22m.”- The Nation

Chief Adun who is popularly known as ‘Bob Izua’ was arraigned alongside two others on six count charges bothering on forgery of documents, procuring execution of deeds by threat, destroying a building valued at N22million and destruction of six graves/tombs among others.

Others arraigned with Chief Adun were Omorogbe Austin’s, 36, and Festus Etta, 39.

The accused persons were alleged to have on the 15th of January 2015 at No 114, Uselu Lagos Road, Benin conspired to forge document of sharing properties of late Victor Igbinosun Okunoghae thereby committed an offence contrary and punishable under Section 517 of the Criminal Code Cap 48 Vol 11 Laws of the defunct Bendel state of Nigeria 1976 as applicable to Edo state.

They were also accused of forging a document purported to be a titled document of Plot 114. Uselu Lagos Road Benin, property of late Victor Igbinosun Okunoghae thereby committed an offence contrary and punishable under Section 467 (2) (d) of the criminal code  Cap 48 Laws of the defunct Bendel state of Nigeria 1976 as applicable to Edo state.

The accused persons were accused of procuring execution of deeds by threat with intent to defraud and by means of unlawful violence in respect of the property known as No 114, Uselu Lagos Road, Benin thereby committed an offence contrary and punishable under section 409 of the criminal code Cap 48 Vol 11 Laws of the defunct Bendel state of Nigeria 1976 as applicable to Edo state.

In count three, the accused persons were alleged to have conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause breach of by threatening and chasing away with violence one Mrs. Loveth Austine Obasuyi in the attempt to unlawfully procure execution of deed against her brother and thereby committed an offence contrary and punishable under section 249 (d) of the Criminal Code Cap 48 Vol 11 of the defunct Bendel state of Nigeria as applicable to Edo state.

The accused persons were accused of allegedly destroying a building worth N22million, only property of late Victor Igbinosun Okunoghae family and further destroying six existing graves/tombs therein committed an offence contrary and punishable under section 451 of the Criminal code cap 48 Vol. 11 Laws of the defunct Bendel state of Nigeria as applicable to Edo state.

Chief Adun and other accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges when the charges were read to them.

The court however reaffirmed bail earlier granted the accused persons.

Presiding Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Igho Braimoh directed the court Registrar to reverify the bail earlier granted to the accused and adjourned hearing to the 28th August, 2017.

Source: The Nation

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