A lawyer, Edward Oseghale was arraigned in Lagos yesterday before an Ogba Magistrate Court for allegedly forging a court judgement.
Oseghale allegedly forged the judgement and used it to evict tenants from their homes.
He was arraigned on a five-count charge of forgery contrary to section 365.
However, he pleaded not guilty to the charges and was admitted to bail in the sum of N50,000 and two sureties in like sum.
Based on the court pronouncement, one of the sureties must be a property owner in Lagos with a valid certificate of occupancy, while the other must be gainfully employed with evidence of tax payment which must be verified.
The first count reads, “That you Edward Oseghale being a legal practitioner on the 29th day of June 2018 at about 1000 hrs at Yaba Magisterial Court in Lagos State magisterial district did forge a court judgement with suit No. MCY/368/15 purported to have been prepared by Honour T.O Abayomi (Mrs), Chief magistrate court 4, Surulere Lagos and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 365(3)y) of criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015”.
While the second count reads, “That you Edward Oseghale on the same date, time and place in the aforesaid magisterial district did forge the signature of Busola Banjo, Registrar of Yaba Magistrate Court and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 365(3)(n)(u) and (y) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria 2015”.
The presiding Magistrate A. O. Ojo thereafter adjourned the matter till November 8 for trial.