Lawyer remanded in prison for forgery

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Tina Amanda

A Magistrate Court sitting in Port Harcourt has remanded a Port Harcourt-based Lawyer in prison custody for alleged forgery and making a purported court document.

In a charge read out in court, the lawyer is said to have on 18 July, 2022, forged a court order in the name of a Magistrate court of Rivers State with intention to be acted upon as genuine.

The Lawyer in counts two, three and four is alleged to have on the same date forged a signature and mark of the Principal Registrar of the Magistrate court with fake name and also forged the seal of Magistrate court of the state.

The suspect is also alleged to have, without lawful authority, did make a purported court document with the name of a non-existing Senior Magistrate J.I Amadi which is purported to have been processed by the Principal Registrar, an offence which the court said is punishable under section of criminal code laws of Rivers State.

Our correspondent reports that when the charges were read, the suspect pleaded not guilty.

The presiding Magistrate, Menenen Poromon, adjourned the case to 26 September, 2022, for consideration of bail application and directed that the accused be remanded in Correctional Center till next adjourned date.