By Onozure Dania
The manager of hip-hop musician, Innocent Tuface Idibia, Mr Efe Omorogbe, who is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Now Muzik Limited, yesterday appeared before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, in Lagos over alleged forgery.
Omorogbe, 47, was arraigned alongside Joel Ajayi, 61, before Chief Magistrate O. O. Oshin.
Ajayi is listed on the Copyright Society of Nigeria Ltd (COSON) website as a Board of Directors member and “the Managing Director, Gospel Choral Records Ltd.”
They are facing a three-count charge bordering on forgery, use of false document and breach of peace, preferred against them by the police.
The Prosecutor, Sergeant Friday Mameh, told the court that the defendants and others still at large, committed the alleged offences on December 7, 2017, at 41, Oluwaleyimu Street, Ikeja, Lagos.
Mameh alleged that they forged the COSON letter headed paper, “with intent that it may be acted upon or used as genuine to the prejudice of COSON.
“The offence is contrary to Section 363 and punishable under Section 376 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.”
Mameh said, the defendants, “with intent to defraud, knowingly use the forged COSON letter headed paper with the intent that it may in anyway be used or acted upon as genuine whether in Nigeria or elsewhere to the prejudice of COSON.
“The offence is contrary to Section 366(1) and punishable under Section 376 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.”
He said the defendants also “conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause the breach of the peace by storming the meeting venue of Chief Tony Okoroji with thugs and disrupted the meeting proceedings.”
The offence, according to him, contravened Section 168(d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
However, the duo pleaded not guilty to the charge against them.
Their counsel, S. Ehiwelele and Chibuzor Nwankobi, urged the court to grant them bail on liberal terms.
Magistrate Oshin granted them bail in the sum of N250, 000, each, with one surety each in like sum.
She said: “Each surety must have a sustainable means of livelihood, show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government and have a verifiable address.”
The case was adjourned until May 17, for a mention.