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Civil servants, others dragged to court over false information

Three civil servants of the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, a lecturer with the University of Abuja and the Registered Trustees of Residents Association of the Ministry of Mines and Steel Cooperative Estate, Abuja have been dragged before the Chief Magistrate of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Wuse Zone 2, Abuja.

The trio of Sani Adekunle, Olabisi Mojoyinola, Kubai Musa, of the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Eronu Emmanuel, a lecturer with the University of Abuja and the registered trustees of the Association, were dragged before the court over false information on a dishonest and fraudulent deed of transfer against an engineering firm, Zomitech Limited and a businessman, Mr Isaac Agbanwu.

The defendants had on March 17, 2020, initiated and filed criminal complaints against the complainants before the Chief Magistrate of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Wuse Zone 2, Abuja wherein the defendants alleged that the complainants committed offences of fraudulent misrepresentation, criminal conspiracy, disturbance, dishonest and fraudulent execution of a deed of transfer containing false statement and personation, extortion, criminal trespass and forgery.

However, in a document of the proceedings obtained by journalists in Abuja yesterday, the Chief Magistrate Court of the FCT referred the defendants, who were the complainants, to the Divisional Police Headquarters, Wuse, FCT Command to investigate the criminal complaints filed against the complainants in March 2020.

The document noted that the Nigerian Police after a thorough investigation concluded that no offence could be established against the complainants.

According to the document, the defendants were dragged to the court for the offences of giving false information respecting an offence contrary to section 178 of the Penal Code and false information with the intent to mislead a public officer contrary to section 140 of the Penal Code.

When the matter came up for mention for the first time on February 10, 2022, the court issued a bench warrant against the 2nd and 5th defendants, Sani Adekunle and Kubai Musa for their failure to appear in court.

The defendants’ counsel, Author Ndigwe, consequently filed an application to set aside the bench warrant.

Ndigwe informed the court that the application was ripe for hearing and thereafter moved the application.

Furthermore, counsel to the complainants, Ugbede Idachaba, informed the court that since the essence of the bench warrant was to compel the defendants to appear in court and there were already in court, he will not oppose the application.

The magistrate, Victoria Arinola, set aside the bench warrant, adding that the matter will come up at the next adjourned date.

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