An Ilorin based businessman, Joseph Oyejuwon, was on Tuesday arraigned before an Ilorin Magistrates’ Court over an alleged forgery of Sokoto State Government’s contract document and issuing of dud cheque.
The accused was arraigned before Magistrate Nurudeen Adeyanju on a three count charge of forgery, issuance of dud cheque and obtaining property by false pretence.
Oyejuwon, who is the chairman of Protocol Kleaning Service Nig Ltd was said to have committed the offence sometimes in October 2015.
The Police Prosecutor, Sgt. James Oladosu, said the complainant, Ezekiel Adegoke, on May 25, 2017 reported the matter to the police through a letter of complaint.
The prosecutor told the court that the accused approached his financial institution for credit facility of N2.5 million for the purpose of financing a contract of supplying 8 units of Transformers to Sokoto State Ministry of Finance.
He said the complainant granted the credit facility to the accused person upon the presentation of the purported letter of award of the contract to him.
The complainant stated further that when the credit facility was due for repayment, the Stanbic IBTC Bank, Fidelity Bank and FCMB cheques issued to him by the accused were found to be dud cheques at the various banks,” the prosecutor said.
Oladosu told the court that upon investigation, the police discovered that the document the accused gave the complainant was fake and forged.
He said police investigation also revealed that the said document for the award of the contract presented by the accused to obtain the credit facility did not emanate from the ministry.
According to him, the offences were contrary to Sections 364, 366 of the Penal Code Law and Section 1 (I) (b) (i) of the Dishonoured Cheque (offence) Act LFN 2004.
The offence, he said also contravened Section 1 (I) (C) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other related offences Act 2006.
The magistrate, Adeyanju admitted the accused person to bail with three credible sureties.
Adeyanju ruled that one of the sureties must be a top civil servant in Kwara on level 16, while the second one should be a land owner in Ilorin with Right of Occupancy (R of O) and the third surety must have N1m in his bank account.
The magistrate thereafter adjourned the case until Nov. 16, 2017 for mention.
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