Clearing agents forge N8m bank draft

Four docked for stealing items worth N.7m at Apapa port

Two clearing agents, Segun Ojo (45) and George Omobolanle (52) were on Tuesday arraigned before an Apapa Magistrates’ Court for allegedly forging a bank draft of N8,465,180 in favour of Federal Government of Nigeria.

Ojo and Omobolanle are facing a two-count charge bothering on conspiracy and forgery.

The prosecutor, Sergeant Marvellous Obongha told the court that the defendants committed the offence on June 19, 2018 at about 10am at First Bank Plc, Point Road Branch, Apapa.

“The defendants conspired together to forge a First Bank Plc draft no 05038052 dated 11/06/2018 the sum of N8,465,180 in favour of the Federal Government of Nigeria being payment for Customs duty,” Obongha said.

According to him, the offences are punishable under sections 411 and 365 (i) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

Magistrate K.A Ariyo granted the defendants bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in like sum. The sureties according to the Magistrate must furnish the court with two years tax payment.

She adjourned the case till July 12, 2018 for mention.