Perjury: Igbo Chief Sent To Prison


It was a sad end for Chief Emmanuel Ani who went to a Lagos court to bail a suspect with an alleged fake papers and ended up in prison custody.

He wept bitterly after the court ordered that he should be remanded in Kirikiri prison, Apapa Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria, for lying in court.

The 52-year old Ani had gone to Oshodi Magistrates’ court to bail a suspect, Chief Ossai Onyemerekwe who was arraigned before the court.

Ani allegedly presented a forged Deed of Conveyance as a landlord to the court to bail Onyemerekwe.

On investigation, the court discovered that he was not the owner of the house.

He was immediately arrested and arraigned in court for forgery.

P.M.NEWS gathered that Ani forged a document purporting that he was the landlord of 88, Aina Street, Ojodu, Lagos and wanted to use the document to bail Onyemerekwe who was standing trial for a criminal offence.

The prosecutor, Olatunde Kehinde, went to the house in question to verify Ani’s claims.

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The tenants disowned him and told the prosecutor that he was not their landlord as he claimed.

He was subsequently arrested and charged before the presiding magistrate, Mrs. Osho AdebiyI.

He pleaded not guilty.

He was granted bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in like sum.

The matter was adjourned till 13 April 2012.

He was remanded in prison custody pending when he meets the bail conditions.

When he was being taken to prison, he wept bitterly.

—Cyriacus Izuekwe

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