Sureties Bag 8 Years Jail Term for Forgery

A Kano State High Court presided over by Justice Lawal Wada, November 18, 2013 convicted and sentenced Augustine Olayinka and Oke Anone to eight years imprisonment with option of N100, 000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) fine each. 

The duo were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday November 14, 2013 on a 6-count charge of forgery. They allegedly presented themselves as sureties to suspects under investigation and submitted fake Certificates of Occupancy for landed properties in the Unguwar Dosa area of Kaduna metropolis as bond to the Commission.
One of the charges reads, “that you Augustine Olayinka and Oke Anone sometime in 2012 at Kano within the jurisdiction of the High Court of Kano State with intent to defraud forged a document titled CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY NO. KD4261 issued to plot NO. BT 486c U/Dosa in the name of Dauda Yakubu purported to have been issued and signed by the authority of the Ministry of Lands, Survey and Country Planning Kaduna State and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 362 and punishable under section 364 of the Penal Code.”
The two accused persons pleaded guilty to all the charges and were convicted accordingly.

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