THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned a lawyer, George Okechukwu, and two others on a twelve-count charge of forgery and conspiracy.

They were arraigned before Justice Umar Sadiq of the FCT High Court, Abuja. Okechukwu and his co accused, Nwaroh Emmanuel and Tolupe Akeju alias C and C, were said to have, around September 11, 2009, in Abuja, forged a Corporate Affairs Commissions, CAC, certificate of registration of increase in share capital serial No. 756501 in respect of Jeruzeth International Engineering Company Limited.

The charges read: “That you, George Ihijirika  Okechukwu, Nwaroh Emmanuel, and Tolulope Akeju, alias C and C, on or about September 11, 2009, in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, did fraudulently make a false certificate of registration of increase in shares capital serial number 756501 of the Corporate Affairs Commission in respect of Jeruzeth International Engineering Company Limited, from N1,000,000 to N25,000,000.”

The accused were charged for the offence, punishable under section 364 of the Penal Code Act Cap 532 Laws of the federation of Nigeria, Abuja, 1990. The accused, in another count charge, were accused of forging Zenith Bank Plc receipt number 0067321, being purported payment for increase in share capital in respect of Jeruzeth International Engineering Company Limited, dated August 28, 2009.

Counsel to Okechukwu  pleaded that since the EFCC granted the accused persons administrative bail, he was soliciting  for a liberal bail. But counsel to the  EFCC prayed the court to proceed with the hearing, considering the magnitude of the charges, which, on conviction, attract 14 years imprisonment.

The trial judge  granted the three accused bail. They are however to provide two sureties in the sum of  N3 million each, among other conditions.

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