By Jane Echewodo
LAGOS—A 55-year-old man, Mukaila Kosebinu, was yesterday arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court for allegedly forging title documents of his late father and also impersonated him by using the documents to secure a N40 million loan from a bank.
Also yesterday, Police in Lagos arraigned Kingsley Osarogiagbon, a trader and a businesswoman, Tina Edosa, before an Ikeja Chief Magistrate’s Court for allegedly stealing N5.5 million and forging a death certificate.
Mukaila Kosebinu, who resides at 9, Sule-Aleja St., Aga, Ikorodu in Lagos State, is answering questions on a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery and impersonation slammed against him by police.
The defendant was alleged to have committed the offences on August 7, 2014, at Alausa, Ikeja, Police Prosecutor Peter Nwangwu told the court.
Nwangwu said the case was reported at the police station by the accused’s sister, Mrs Folashade Ogundimu.
He said the defendant forged a driver’s licence and his late father’s title documents and submitted them to the Lagos State Land Bureau to be acted upon as genuine.
Nwangwu said the defendant also impersonated his late father when he swore to an affidavit claiming his father’s name and property at No. 1A, Folarin St., Mosalashi, Idioro in Mushin, Lagos.
“The accused made a publication in the PM newspaper for a change of name on August 7, 2014, claiming to be his father, Nofiu Kosebinu. “Mukaila, without the consent of his siblings, used the forged documents to secure a N40 million loan from Access Bank,” he alleged.
The offences contravened Sections 87, 363, 380 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
In her ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Mrs Y.O. Aje-Afunwa, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case until June 8.
2 docked over alleged death certificate forgery
Yesterday also, Kingsley Osarogiagbon and Tina Edosa were charged before an Ikeja Chief Magistrate’s Court with N5.5 million theft and forgery of a death certificate.
The accused are facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and forgery.
Police Prosecutor Peter Nwangwu said the accused committed the offences between August 29, 2015, and September 8, 2015, at 334, Super Street in Agege on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.
Nwangwu alleged that the accused (Kingsley and Tina) forged the death certificate of Edosa Osarogiagbon.
“The case was reported to the police by Mrs Racheal Igbinekewa, one of the three wives of the late Edosa against the accused, Kingsley, her brother-in-law and Tina, one of Edosa’s wife.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Chief Magistrate Y.O. Aje-Afunwa granted the accused bail in the sum of N850,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
She adjourned the case until June 1.