Two lawyers in court over alleged forgery of dead man’s will

The police in Edo on Friday arraigned two lawyers and a 50-year-old man over alleged conspiracy and forgery of a dead man’s will.

The lawyers are Samuel Urhoghide,75, and Mercy Sheidum, 46.

They were charged along with Jona Sojah, 50, before an Oredo Magistrate Court in Benin.

According to the prosecution, the three persons forged a testamentary instrument purported to have been made by Sheidum’s husband, the late Kolawole.

The prosecution submitted that the accused conspired to commit the forgery in 1997 on the Murtala Mohammed Way, Benin.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the third accused – Sojah – was the dead man’s co-worker.

According to the prosecution, the offences contravened Sections 516 and 467 (2) (f) of the Criminal Code of Edo.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge.

The Chief Magistrate, Fred Igbinosa, granted the two lawyers bail on self-recognition, and admitted the third accused to bail in the sum of N100, 000 and a surety.

The magistrate adjourned the case till Nov. 2, for mention.


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