A 23-year-old student, Olamide Olakunlade, has been arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly forging a Lagos State certificate of origin, Punch Metro reports.
The defendant, whose residential address was given as No. 16 Oyedele Street, Liasu Road, Ikotun, Lagos, is facing two counts of conspiracy and forgery.
It was gathered that the Ekiti State indigene attempted to change his state of origin in order to apply for an air force recruitment programme.
According to the police prosecutor, Sergeant Kenrich Nomayo, the defendant allegedly conspired with others to commit felony by forging the Ikeja Local Government certificate of origin.
Nomayo told the court that the defendant committed the offences with others still at large on March 5 around 10am in the Ikeja Local Government secretariat.
He said an operative of the Department of State Services, while on duty at the secretariat, intercepted the defendant and found the letterheads of the local government on him, which were suspected to be fake.
The charges read, “That you, Olakunlade Kolade and others now at large, on March 5, 2019, around 10am, at the Ikeja Local Government Area, Ikeja, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit; forgery, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
“That you, Olakunlade Kolade and others now at large, on the same date, time and place, in the aforesaid magisterial district, did forge letters of the Ikeja Local Government as an indigene, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 365 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.”
The police prosecutor said the law prescribed three years imprisonment for forgery, while conspiracy attracts two years in jail if found convicted.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The presiding magistrate, Mrs T. A. Ojo, admitted the defendant to N100,000 bail with two sureties in like sum.
Ojo ruled that the sureties must be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government and have their addresses verified by the court.
She added that the sureties must present their three months’ bank statements and reside within the court’s jurisdiction.
The magistrate adjourned the case till April 23 for mention.