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Two Oyo court officials arraigned for forgery, bribery


The police on Thursday arraigned three people including two staff of the Mapo Customary Court, Ibadan, before an Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court for alleged forgery and bribery.

The defendants, namely: Abdul Hammed, 53, Saka Afusat, 54, both staff of a Mapo Customary Court and one Oladosu Olusola, 43, are being tried on charges of conspiracy, forgery and receiving a bribe.

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The Prosecutor, Insp. Gbemisola Adedeji, told the court that “the defendants sometimes in 2019, at Customary Court, Mapo, Ibadan, allegedly forged a divorce certificate with Suit No. 085/2019 for one Mr Johnson.

“Abdul and Afusat being employed in the Public Service allegedly corruptly received the sum of N5,000 from one Oladosu Olusola for the purpose of preparing a fake divorce certificate for one Mr Johnson,” said Adedeji.

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She told the court that the offences contravened Section 465 and were punishable under Sections 98, 467 and 516 of the Oyo State Criminal Code 2000.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Magistrate, Mrs O. A. Akande, granted each of the defendants bails in the sum of N20, 000 with one surety in like sum and adjourned the matter until Jan. 25, 2022 for hearing.

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