23-Year-Old Student Lands In Court Over Alleged Forgery

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A student identified as Olamide Olakunlade, has been arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly forging a Lagos State certificate of origin.

The 23-year-old defendant is facing two counts of conspiracy and forgery.

According to reports, the Ekiti State indigene who resides at No. 16 Oyedele Street, Liasu Road, Ikotun, Lagos, attempted to change his state of origin so as to apply for an air force recruitment programme.

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The police prosecutor, Sergeant Kenrich Nomayo, said that he allegedly conspired with others to commit felony by forging the Ikeja Local Government certificate of origin with others still at large on March 5 around 10am in the Local Government secretariat at Ikeja.

Adding that the student was caught by an operative of the Department of State Services, who suspected their movements and also saw the fake document.

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The charges read, “That you, Olakunlade Kolade and others now at large, on March 5, 2019, around 10am, at the Ikeja Local Government Area, Ikeja, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit; forgery, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

“That you, Olakunlade Kolade and others now at large, on the same date, time and place, in the aforesaid magisterial district, did forge letters of the Ikeja Local Government as an indigene, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 365 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.”

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The police prosecutor, the law prescribed three years imprisonment for forgery, while conspiracy attracts two years in jail if found convicted.

The presiding magistrate, Mrs T. A. Ojo, admitted the defendant to N100,000 bail with two sureties in like sum and the case was adjourned till April 23.

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