A file picture of Mr Okoi Obono-Obla,The Self reliant Defective Practices and Other Connected Offences Rate (ICPC) has arraigned a extinct presidential aide, Mr Okoi Obono-Obla, over allegations of certificate forgery.
Obono-Obla is the extinct Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel (SPIP) for the Recovery of Public Property.
He used to be charged with two counts before Justice C.L. Dabup of the Jos Judicial Division of the Excessive Court docket of Plateau Train, an announcement by ICPC’s spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, acknowledged on Monday.
ICPC maintained its allegations that the extinct SPIP chair presented a pretend consequence with a credit score trip in English Literature to the College of Jos, with which he secured admission to search around for law.
“The rate filed before Justice C. L. Dabup published that whereas Obono-Obla did now no longer seat for the Abnormal Level, Total Certificate Examination (GCE) in English Literature in 1982, he presented a outcomes of the the same GCE to the College of Jos, in 1985, containing Credit score 6 from Mary Knoll College, Ogoja,” the assertion alleged.
“He used to be purported to maintain dedicated an offence opposite to and punishable under Fragment 366 of the Penal Code Law of Plateau Train.”
But Obono-Obla used to be acknowledged to maintain entered a now no longer responsible plea on every of the 2 counts once they maintain been read to him.
Thereafter, his counsel, M.A. Agara, filed an utility in which he entreated the court to grant his client bail on self-recognisance.
Obono-Obla’s counsel had additionally filed a motion contesting the jurisdiction of the court on the topic, besides to accused the prosecution of bringing a destructive rate before the court.
He prayed the court now no longer to permit the rate to be read to the defendant.
In his argument, ICPC’s lead counsel, Henry Emore, who antagonistic the motion now no longer easy the jurisdiction of the court, submitted that the defendant used to be introduced before the court since the offence of certificate forgery used to be allegedly dedicated in Jos where the court seats.
He, on the opposite hand, did now no longer oppose the bail utility, he entreated the court to confess the defendant to bail on stringent terms.
Justice Dabup, in her ruling on the bail utility, admitted Obono-Obla to bail within the sum of N1 million with one surety in enjoy sum.
She additionally dominated that the surety should be resident within the jurisdiction of the court and should post an affidavit of draw, collectively with a tax clearance certificate displaying evidence of rate for 3 years.
The gain later adjourned the case till November 25, 2021, for trial.