Accused Docked For Forgery


An attempt by one John Solanke Osipitan to defraud Zenith Bank Plc at the Balogun business Association Market, Trade Fair Complex, Lagos, Nigeria with a forged cheque bearing the name of Professor Taiwo Osipitan and Mrs. O. Olabanjo has been foiled by a vigilant cashier at the bank.

The suspect, according to the police, presented two cheques to the bank to withdraw N75,375 and N20,000.

But nemesis caught up with him when he could not answer some questions posed to him by the cashier as to how he came about the cheque. Suspecting fraud, the cashier immediately invited the police who arrested and detained the suspect  at the Trade Fair Police Division.

During interrogation, he allegedly confessed to the crime and mentioned one Jimoh Owonuro Alausa as his accomplice.

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The police charged the suspect before the Apapa Magistrate’s court on an eight-count charge of attempted  felony to wit forgery, an offence contrary to and punishable under sections 516, 467 92) (rh) 468, 430 (1) 464 and 509 of the criminal Code Cap 42 Vol.2 Laws of Lagos State of Nigeri, 2003.

Count 3 and 8 read that: “You John Solanke Osipitan and Jimoh Oworuro Alausa, now at large, on the same date, time and place in the aforesaid magisterial district did forge a Zenith Bank cheque No. 50588110 for N75,375and No. 50588128 for N20,000 by falsely representing yourself as Professor Taiwo Osipitan and Mrs. O.A Olabenjo at the centre of Zenith bank Plc, Trade Fair Complex, Lagos.”

He pleaded not guilty to the charge and the trial magistrate granted him bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in the like sum. The magistrate also directed that the surety must show proof of employment. The matter has been  adjourned for mention.

—Paul Iyoghojie

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