By Ise-Oluwa Ige,
An Abuja high court sitting at Gwagwalada, yesterdayÂ issued bench warrant for the arrest of the Chairman of Police Equipment Foundation (PEF), Chief Kenny Martins and two others.
They are wanted over criminal allegation of forgery of a vital CAC document preferred against them
The two others declared wanted are Martinsâ€™ Deputy, Ibrahim Dumuje and one Ioni Icheka.
They are being prosecuted by Lagos lawyer, Mr Festus Keyamo.
Although four persons are standing trial in the matter, one of them, a lawyer was not declared wanted because he was in court.
The trial judge, Justice Mwada Balami who issued bench warrant against them had on December 11, last year declared all the four accused persons in the case wanted but later vacated the bench warrant on the 13th January, 2010 upon the application brought by the accused persons wherein counsel to the accused persons undertook to produce the accused persons in court on the next adjourned date being 22nd January, 2010.
However, on the said 22nd of January, 2010, counsel to the accused persons rather than producing them approached the court with an application, but the court refused to countenance it on the ground that its order must first be complied with.
The matter was therefore adjourned till yesterday to enable their lawyer produce them in court.
But three of the accused persons refused to appear in court in disobedience of the order of the court.
The only accused person that was in court was Cosmos Okpara who is a legal practitioner.
As a result, counsel to the prosecution therefore applied for a bench warrant to be issued against the absent accused persons
The charge against the accused persons reads:
1That you Kenny Martins, Ibrahim Dumuje, Joni Icheka â€˜mâ€™, and Cosmas OKpara â€˜mâ€™ on or about the 31st day of March, 2006 at Corporate Affairs Commission Wuse Zone 5, Abuja within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, did conspire amongst yourselves to commit a felony to wit: forge documents relating to Corporate Affairs Commission in a bid to fraudulently change the members of the Board of Directors of NIGERSTALG LIMITED, original partner with the Federal Government on the Police Equipment Fund, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 97(1) of the Penal Code, Cap 532 Laws of the Federation Nigerian 1990 (Abuja).
2:That you Kenny Martins, Ibrahim Dumuje, Joni Icheka â€˜mâ€™, and Cosmas Okpara â€˜mâ€™ on or about the 31st day of March 2006 at same place within the Abuja Judicial Division did forge form CAC.7 of NIGERSTALG LIMITED with intent to defraud the Police Equipment Fund and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 364 of Penal Code Act Cap 532 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 1990 (Abuja)â€.
The matter has been adjourned till 12th March, 2010, for the prosecution to produce the accused persons and for arraignment.