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FG files fresh evidence against 3 lawyers Charged for impersonating CBN

The Federal Government has filed evidence against three Abuja-based legal practitioners who are facing trial on a four-count criminal charge for impersonating CBN.Information Guide Nigeria

According to THE SUN, the charges bordering on false information with the intent to mislead the Court of Appeal into entering a consent judgment of N52 million in their favour.


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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has equally filed a list of additional witnesses it shall call in the prosecution of the criminal charge.

Speaking on the matter, the prosecution counsel, Ibrahim Buba informed Justice Hamza Muazu of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja that the list of additional evidence as well as the list of additional witnesses have already been served on the defendants.

He confirmed that defence counsel, who confirmed that the documents were served on them, prayed for a short adjournment to enable them to study the documents.

Consequently, Justice Hamza Muazu adjourned the case to February 13 and 14 for trial.

According to THE SUN, the lawyers are Messrs Maxwell Opara, Gold Nwankwo and Jubilate Obasikene, all practising in the law firm of Maxwell Opara and Associates.

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The charge marked CR/444/2022, and dated August 26, 2022, reads:

That you, Barrister Maxwell Okpara and Barrister Gold Nwankwo, sometime in September 2020 in Abuja, within the judicial division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, did conspire to commit an offence to wit: giving false information with the intent to mislead public servant and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 96 of the Penal Code law of Northern Nigeria as applicable in the FCT, and punishable under section 97 of the same law.NYSC portal

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That you, Barrister Gold Nwankwo, on the 9th day of September 2020 in Abuja, within the judicial division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, did inform the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja that you were representing the Central Bank of Nigeria during the hearing of appeal No CA/A/18/M/2017 and consented to the withdrawal and striking of the motion paper dated August 29, 2020, and filed on September 1, 2020, knowing that the Central Bank of Nigeria never authorised you to represent it in the proceedings, and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 140 of the Penal Code law of Northern Nigeria as applicable in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, and punishable under section 140 of the same law.

That you, Barrister Maxwell Okpara and Barrister Jubilate Obasikene, sometime in September 2020 in Abuja, within the judicial division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, did conspire to commit an offence to wit: giving false information with the intent to mislead public servant and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 96 of the Penal Code law of Northern Nigeria as applicable in the FCT, and punishable under section 97 of the same law.

That you, Barrister Jubilate Obasikene, on the 9th of September 2020 in Abuja, within the judicial division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, did inform the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, that you represented the Unity Bank Plc during the hearing of appeal No CA/A/18/M/2017, and consented to the withdrawal and striking out of the motion paper dated August 29, 2020, and filed on September 1, 2020, knowing that the Unity Bank Plc never authorised you to represent it in the proceedings and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 140 of the Penal Code law of Northern Nigeria as applicable in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, and punishable under section 140 of the same law.JAMB Result

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