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May 20, 2024

Court orders detention of Ekiti Monarch-elect over certificate forgery

Court orders detention of Ekiti Monarch-elect over certificate forgery

By Rotimi Ojomoyela

Ado-Ekiti—A Federal High Court sitting in Akure on Monday ordered the detention of the Oba-Elect of Araromi-Ekiti in Ijero Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Prince Babalola Adebomi.

The Oba-elect, Adebomi was arraigned at Federal High Court on Monday, over certificate forgery.

According to the charge sheet, Babalola, 48 was arraigned on two-count charge, bordering forging a certificate of University of Ibadan and presented same to University Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti for job in 2008 and also forging his discharge certificate of National Youth Service Corps(NYSC) and presented same to the University Teaching Hospital for job.

The charges sheet NO:FHC/AK/16/2024 reads inter alia: “That you Babalola Babatunde on or about the 15th day of January, 2008 at the University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did make and uttered a forged University of Ibadan Result which you knew to be false and with intent that it may be used or acted upon as genuine by the University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti to offer you a job and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 1(2)(c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act.

“That you Batalola Babatunde on or about the 15 day of January, 2008 at the University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did make and uttered a forged National Youth Service Corps Certificate which you knew to be false and with intent that it may be used or acted upon as genuine by the University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti to offer you a job and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 12 of the Miscellaneous Offences Act”.

However, Babalola pleaded not guilty to the charges while his attorney, Attah Paul said he had filed an application on notice and prayed the court to give the application hearing.

The prosection attorney, Itunun Osobu told the court that he was yet to read the issues raised by the Defendant’s attorney in his reply to the counter-affidavit he filed.

Osobu added that he would be presenting two witnesses before the court to prove the charges.

The Defendant’s attorney, therefore, prayed the court to release the Oba-Elect on bail, promising that he would not jump bail.

When asked if the defendant has any surety, Attah said Babalola has a younger brother who is a business man based in Akure, Ondo State capital, adding that the defendant’s in-law has a property in Akure and prayed the court to present the defendant to nearest police station pending the adjournment date.

In his ruling, Justice Owoeye ordered that the defendant, Babalola Babatunde be detained in Assistant Inspector General of Police’s office and adjourned the hearing till Thursday, May 23, 2024.