Businessman Faces Criminal Charges

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A Lagos businessman, Lucky Eyis Amiwero of Plot 8 Regineth Plaza, Ibafon, Apapa, Lagos southwest Nigeria, alleged to have forged a document written to the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as the Chairman of National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents, NCMOLCA, which he is, not has been arraigned before a federal high court in Lagos.

In a four-count criminal charge number FHC/L/145C/12 filed before the court by Custom Service Board prosecutor Mr. J.I. Ajakaye, the accused businessman, between 1 March and 17 April, 2012 was alleged not only to have forged the written document to give false information to the office of the President but was also alleged to have obstructed and resisted men and officers of the Nigeria Custom Service Board in the discharge of their lawful duty.

Mr. Ajakaye stated in the charge that the offences alleged to have been committed by the accused businessman are contrary to and punishable under section 467, 197,125 (a) (1) and 107 of the criminal code act cap C 38 laws of the federation, 2004.

The accused pleaded not guilty. His lawyer, Osuala Nwagbana, while arguing the bail application, urged the court to grant the accused bail in liberal term since the offence is a bailable one.

In his ruling, Justice Okekechukwu Okeke admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N5 million with one surety in like sum.

The surety, according to the judge, must swear to an affidavit of means and produce current tax clearance.

The case was adjourned till July 18 this year for trial.