Two Lawyers, Emmanuel Ilechukwu and Rowland Kalu, together with a businessman Emmanuel Nwude, were yesterday arraigned before a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFFC) for an allegedly forged legal documents for a property forfeited to victims.
The defendants were alleged to have forged legal documents for a forfeited property to victims of a crime through judgment.
The defendants were arraigned on a 15-count charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery, making documents without authority, dealing with forfeited property without authorization and transfer of forfeited to nominees.
Also, making false statement to a public officer, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, attempt to pervert the course of justice, fabricating evidence, giving false evidence under oath and giving false information to the EFCC.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to all the count charge.
The Prosecutor, Mr. Nnaemeka Omewa, of the EFCC counsel told court that the defendants committed the fraud on a property, which had been ordered to be forfeited in a High Court judgment given in 2005 by Justice Olubunmi Joseph Oyewole.