Man Docked For Falsely Declaring Self Dead

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has dragged one Ajari Oghenekewe before a Federal High Court, sitting in Osogbo, Osun State for presenting self’s fake death certificate to escape justice. 

The commission’s prosecutor, Mr Muritala Usman, told the court that the defendant on February 17, 2020, with intention to deceive the EFCC, presented a false death certificate to the commission to escape justice, having been under investigation for fraud.

He was also said to have presented the fake death certificate through one Iyekute Felix to the EFCC’s Ibadan Zonal office, an offence contrary to section 39(2)(a) and punishable under section 39(2)(b) of the criminal law.

Oghenekewe was also alleged to have forged a Mikano International Limited Identity Card with the name of one Emefiele Smart and presented it to the staff of Fidelity Bank, Ile-Ife with intention to falsely obtain money from the bank.

The offence was said to be contrary to and punishable under Section 1 (2) (c) of Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap. M 17 laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

Meanwhile, Oghenekewe pleaded not guilty to the three-count charges bothering on fraud, forgery and cybercrime preferred against him by the EFCC. 

His Counsel, Mr M. O. Benson, urged the court to grant the defendant bail, promising that he would stand his trial. 

Justice Emmanuel Ayoola declined the oral application directing the counsel to file a formal bail application and ordered that the defendant should be allowed to continue with the EFCC’s bail condition. 

He adjourned the matter to November 18, 2029 for ruling on bail application.

Adenitan Akinola

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