NASS ELECTION: FG Charges Senator Igbeke With Forgery

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The cat and mouse race between Senator Alphonsus Uba Igbeke and John Emeka Jnr on who is the validly nominated candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the Anambra North Senatorial District in the last National Assembly election took a different dimension as the Federal Government charged the senator before a Federal High Court in Abuja with false representation and forgery.

 

The charge was filed before the court by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke , a senior advocate of Nigeria.

The charge which is dated 24 May 2011 and filed on the same date was signed by Mrs. O.O. Fatunde, a Director at the Federal Ministry of Justice for and on behalf of the Attorney General of the Federation.

 

Count one of the 2-count charge reads: “That you, Alphonsus Uba Igbeke (m) at about the 21st day of January, 2011 in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria did make a forged document described as the Senatorial Primary Result sheet for the Peoples Democratic Party of Anambra North Zone, knowing it to be false, to wit: you falsely represented the votes scored by the aspirants as follows: John Emeka Jnr—156; Chief A. Igbeke—1173; Chief Denis Odife—15; Hon. Uzoka Okwudili—34; Hon. Celestine Ughanze—297 and Chief Tony Nnacheta—25, and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1 (2) (c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act 2004 and punishable under section 1[2] of the same Act.”

 

The second charge reads: “That you, Alphonsus Uba Igbeke [m] at about the 21st day of January, 2011 in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria did make a forged document described as the Senatorial Primary Result sheet for the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] of Anambra North Zone knowing it to be false, to wit: you falsely represented the votes scored by the aspirants as follows: John Emeka Jnr—156; Chief A. Igbeke—1173; Chief Denis Odife—15; Hon. Uzoka Okwudili—34; Hon. Celestine Ughanze—297 and Chief Tony Nnacheta—25, with intent that it may be used by yourself to buttress your prayer to the Federal High Court in suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/189/2011 to be declared winner of the Senatorial party primary to the prejudice of John Emeka the real winner and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1 (2) (c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act 2004 and punishable under section 1[2] of the same Act.

 

As at the time of filing this report, no date has been fixed for his arraignment but findings at the Justice Ministry indicate that he would be arraigned very soon.

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The recent development followed an earlier warrant of arrest issued against Senator Igbeke by an Abuja Magistrate’s Court which the court later reversed by setting aside the warrant.

 

Before the warrant was issued, the police had told a Federal High Court in Abuja that Igbeke forged the documents he presented to court to obtain the judgment that declared him as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the 9 April National Assembly elections.

 

Igbeke had filed an application for the enforcement of his rights at a Federal High Court in Abuja when police wrote to the Clerk of the National Assembly asking for his release for questioning.

 

But in a counter-affidavit filed by the police in reaction to Igbeke’s application for enforcement of his rights, the police said that they were prepared to charge the Senator with forgery.

 

In order to stop the police from arresting him, Igbeke had filed the application under the Fundamental Enforcement Procedure Rules where he claimed that the police were hunting him because they wanted to stop him from campaigning for the 9 April elections.
By Nnamdi Felix / Abuja

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