…ICPC docks Ex-Presidential Aide, Obono-Obla
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned the former Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for Recovery of Public Property (SPIP),Okoi Obono-Obla, over allegations of certificate forgery.
The Commission, in a two-count charge filed at the Jos Division of the Plateau State High Court, maintained its allegations that the former SPIP head presented a fake result with a credit pass in English Literature to the University of Jos, with which he secured admission to read law.
The charge filed before Justice C.L Dabup, revealed that while Obono-Obla did not seat for the Ordinary Level, General Certificate Examination (GCE) in English Literature in 1982, he presented a result of the same GCE to the University of Jos, in 1985, containing Credit 6 from Mary Knoll College, Ogoja.
Obono-Obla, was alleged to have committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 366 of the Penal Code Law of Plateau State.
when the two-count charge were read to him, Obono-Obla entered a not guilty plea on each of them following which his counsel, M.A Agara, filed an application praying the court to grant him bail on self-recognizance.
Agara had earlier filed a motion contesting the jurisdiction of the court on the matter as well as accused the prosecution of bringing a defective charge before the court and prayed the court not to allow the charge to be read to the defendant.
In his submission, Henry Emore, lead Counsel to ICP who opposed the motion challenging the jurisdiction of the court, submitted that the defendant was brought before the court because the offense of certificate forgery was allegedly committed in Jos where the court seats.
He however did not oppose the bail application, but urged the court to admit him to bail on stringent terms.
In her ruling, Justice Dabup
admitted Obono-Obla to bail in the sum of N1 million with one surety in like sum.
She further ruled that the surety must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court and must submit an affidavit of means including a tax clearance certificate showing evidence of payment for three years. The case has been adjourned to 25th November, 2021 for trial.
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