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Police arraign man, 43 over forged C of O

By Albert Akpor, Lagos
A 43-year-old man identified as Rotimi Wilmart Olubeko was Tuesday arrested for allegedly forging a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) bearing one late Mrs. Francesca Adoti Awolaja with which he reportedly procured a parcel of land somewhere in Lekki to build on.

He was promptly arraigned on a five- count charge before Magistrate Oshodi Makanjuola of Lagos Magistrate court sitting at Tappa, Lagos.  But Mr. Olubeko who is said to be the head of department, Information Technology, Exxomobil however,  pleaded not guilty to the charges.

His defence counsel, Mr. Babatunde Osilaja in an oral application for bail of his client on liberal terms told the court that Mr. Olubeko is a responsible Nigerian with proven integrity who has excelled academically and holds a coveted position as Head of Department of Information Technology of a multinational oil company.

“My lord, the accused person, Mr. Rotimi Wilmart Olubeko is a responsible Nigerian, married with children, who pays his tax regularly; and to have risen  to the enviable position of the head of department,  of information technology of Exxomobil, a multinational oil company is a clear indication of academia excellence.

His colleagues who all here are tax payers, their taxes as deducted on pay sa you earn basis.  This is why I am praying that he should be granted bail on liberal terms.”

The five count charge reads inter- alia: ‘That you Rotimi Wilmart Olubeko, male and others at large sometimes in December 2001 at Lagos, in the Lagos magisterial district did conspire amongst yourselves to commit, felony to wit: forgery and you thereby committed an offence punishable under section 516, criminal code cap C17, vol 2, laws of Lagos state of Nigeria, 2003.

That you Rotimi Wilmart Olubeko and others at large sometimes in December, 2001 at Lagos in Lagos magisterial district did procure for yourself a building approval in the name of one Francesca Adoti Awolaja (deceased) and you thereby committed an offence punishable under section 425, criminal code cap C17, vol 2 laws of Lagos state of Nigeria, 2003.  Further hearing on the matter has been adjourned till May 13, 2010.


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