A Benin based lawyer Barrister Dele Edokpayi has been charged to court on a four count charge bording on forgery and falsification of documents. Aigboje Ikhouria reports that the defendant, Barrister Dele Edokpayi in suit Number FHC/41/2017 was charged to the court by the Inspector general of police.
Plead not guilty to the four count charge forgery of a deed of transfer of A. O. Obasuyi and sons sawmill limited, forgery of application for governor’s consent, forgery of the signature of one B. I Obasuyi on a deed of transfer of A. O. Obasuyi and son Sawmill limited to Circular merchant Limited and fraudulently forging signature of one Sam Obasuyi on application for governor’s consent dated 9th February 2006. Counsel to the prosecution and Inspector General of Police Barrister Matthew Omosun urged the court to remand the defendant to enable him study the bail application.
Responding lead counsel to the defendant Barrister Omoruyi Omonuwa SAN told the court that the matter is more like a family mater saying that he had earlier discussed the bail application with the prosecution counsel who agreed that he will not oppose the bail application and promised to esponge any part of the application that may want to hinder it.
Having listened to both parties the Presiding Judge Justice O. O. Tokode told counsel to the defendant Barrister Omoruyi Omonuwa SAN and the Prosecution Counsel Barrister Matthew Omosun to go outside the court and reach an agreement.
Justice Tokode later ruled on the bail application after both parties briefed the court that they have resolved their differences during the short break given to them by the court.
Although The presiding judge though granted bail to the defendant Barrister Dele Edokpayi, he however instructed that he be remanded until the bail conditions which includes ten million naira and one surety in like sum who must own a developed property in Benin City or a grade level 13 Civil servant with either the state or federal government.
Counsel to the defendant Barrister Omoruyi Omonuwa SAN commented while the prosecution counsel declined interview.
The case was adjourned to on the 11th of October 2017