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First Bank’s MD, 2 lawyers, others charged with forgery

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The Federal Government has filed a charge against First Bank of Nigeria (FBN), its Managing Director and three others for their alleged involvement in forgery.

Also named in the charge, marked: CR/266/2023 filed before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are two lawyers, Muftau Ande, Dibiaezue Chuks and the Branch Manager, First Bank, Utako branch, Abuja.

In the charge filed by the Federal Ministry of Justice, the five defendants are accused, among others, of forging a “tripartite legal mortgage without the consent of the proprietor of Whiteplain British School Mr. Francis Chukwumah Nwufor with intent to commit fraud.”

The defendants’ statements are also accused of dishonestly disposing of Nwufor of his property using the forged tripartite legal mortgage.

At the mention of the case on Tuesday, the defendants were absent.

On enquiry by the court, the lawyer to the prosecution, Ndidi Ezinwa-Ukoha said all the defendants were yet to be served with the charge, following which Justice Jude Onwuegbuzie adjourned till May 8 for arraignment.

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The defendants are, in count one, charged with forgery and criminal conspiracy contrary to Section 96 of the Penal Code law and punishable under section 97 of the Penal Code Law.

The prosecution claimed that the defendants had sometimes in 2016, within the jurisdiction of the court conspired among themselves to forge a tripartite legal mortgage without the consent of the proprietor of Whiteplains British School, Mr. Francis Chukwumah Nwufor with the intent to commit fraud and you thereby committed an offence.

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They are, in count two, charged with forgery contrary to Section 363 of the Penal Code law and punishable under section 364 of the same law were alleged to have sometimes in 2016, within the jurisdiction of the court, forged tripartite legal mortgage without the consent of the proprietor of the Whiteplians British School, Mr Francis Chukwumah Nwufor and thereby commit an offence.

The prosecution alleged in count three that the defendants committed a criminal breach of trust contrary to section 311 of the Penal Code law and punishable under section 312 of the same law.

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The defendants are, in count three, accused of dishonestly disposing of Nwaf of his property while being entrusted with the tripartite legal mortgage, and thereby committed a criminal breach of trust.

 

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Wigwe’s helicopter was seen as ‘fireball’ before crash, preliminary report says

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The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says law enforcement and witnesses in vehicles saw the helicopter carrying Herbert Wigwe, the group chief executive officer (GCEO) of Access Holdings Plc, as a “fireball” before its eventual crash.

 

The GCEO of Access Holdings was in the chopper with registration N130CZ alongside his wife, son and Abimbola Ogunbanjo, the former group chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc (NGX Group).

 

All six people onboard have been confirmed dead.

 

In a preliminary investigation report, the NTSB said the witnesses reported that the weather on the fateful day of the helicopter crash was a mix of rain and snow.

 

The board said the automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) technology built in the helicopter that provides the position of an aircraft, recorded an increase in ground speed before the crash.

 

“The accident flight departed Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) at 2045 under visual flight rules and flew a northwesterly heading for about 2 miles before following US Highway 111 to Interstate (I) 10 at altitudes varying between 2,500 – 3,000 ft mean sea level (msl),” the report read in part.

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“The helicopter continued along I-10, crossed over San Bernadino International Airport, San Bernadino, California, and then followed I-215 to I-15.

 

“The helicopter followed I-15 toward the planned destination of Boulder City Municipal Airport (BVU), Boulder City, Nevada, climbed between 4,000 – 5,500 ft msl, then descended to about 3,500 ft msl near Barstow, California, where the ADS-B track data was lost about 2146, likely due to terrain interference.

 

“ADS-B data resumed at 2207 near the Halloran Springs/I-15 exit west of the accident location. The last ADS-B data points for the flight tracked east-southeast, gradually descended in altitude, and increased in ground speed (see Figures 1 and 2).

 

“The accident site was located 0.31 miles east-southeast of the last data point at an elevation of about 3,360 ft msl.

 

“According to law enforcement, several witnesses who were traveling in vehicles on I-15, called 911 to report observing a ‘fireball’ to the south.

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“The witnesses reported the weather conditions in the area were “not good” and raining with a snow mix. The accident site was located by law enforcement at 2346.”

 

The board said the “wreckage was located in high mountainous desert and scrub brush covered terrain, and
debris were scattered about 300 ft along a 120° magnetic heading from the initial impact point”.

 

“All major helicopter components were identified at the accident site,” the report indicated.

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Lagos residents scoop fuel as tanker falls at Ojuelegba

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A tanker laden with has has overturned in the Ojuelegba area of Lagos on Friday. But despite the inherent danger, some residents of the area were spotted scooping the contents of the truck which spilled into the road.

 

Emergencies authorities, however, said no casualties were recorded and efforts are in top gear to clear the area.

 

According to them, “both driver and assistant escaped unhurt and in good hands at the scene of the accident”.

 

While giving details about the incident, it said: “A 33,000 litres tanker with registration number AAL 250 ZY conveying engine oil accidentally upturned while ascending the Dorman Long Bridge and spilt its content.

 

“Mopping up exercise is ongoing as chemical foam compound is been expended to neutralise the oil components from resulting in the secondary incident,” it added.

 

“Efforts are on the way to move in earth-moving equipment to recover the tanker as a backlog of traffic builds up beyond Ojuelegba Bridge.”

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Alleged N10 billion fraud: Court, police bar journalists from covering trial of Ex-Kwara Gov Ahmed

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The Federal High Court in Ilorin barred journalists from entering the court premises to cover the trial of the immediate past governor of Kwara State, AbdulFatah Ahmed.

 

Ahmed was brought to court on Friday for trial over N10 billion of the state fund he allegedly misappropriated.

 

The former governor was brought into the Federal High Court at Fare Road in Ilorin Court by 8:50 am for the trial.

 

The police and court registrar barred journalists from entering the court, saying that they’re acting on orders from above.

 

As of the time of filing this report, journalists were gathered on the street, awaiting the arrival of the judge, and the outcome of the trial.

 

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