an abuja magistrates’ courtroom has directed the police to research two training attorneys, odusanya damlola george and fidelis bemsen mnyim, for allegedly providing fake statistics towards a former legal professional wellknown of the federation (agf), mr. michael aondoakaa, san, in a in shape filed earlier than the abuja department of the federal excessive courtroom.
the chief magistrate, sector 6, wuse, abuja, elizabeth wonini, made the order the day prior to this, following a direct crook summons filed by using the previous agf. the direct criminal summons became delivered towards the legal professionals pursuant to phase 109 (e) and 110 (c) of the management of act, 2015.
lead recommend to the complainant, a. t. kohol, who filed the summons, knowledgeable the courtroom that “on or approximately the 28th day of june 2022, the defendants who’re both within the jurisdiction of the court, being legally certain below oath, did make declaration, which they knew to be fake, earlier than the federal high court docket, abuja, in in shape no: fhc/abj/cs/938/2021 and, thereby, devoted an offence opposite to segment 156 of the panel code and punishable below section 158 of the penal code.”
while the problem got here up the day before today, most effective the first defendant, odusanya george, who became represented with the aid of abdul gani arobo, changed into present in court docket.
the second defendant, fidelis mnyim, who became represented with the aid of t. f. aondo was absent from court. lead counsel to the complainant, a. t. kohol, submitted that there was the want for the defendants to be placed in the dock for the purpose of arraignment, as the problem become a crook case.
he added that following the absence of the second defendant in court, the prosecution is at liberty to use for a warrant of arrest in opposition to him to compel his appearance in court.
however, the defence recommend vehemently adverse his submissions when you consider that a right away criminal summons being an utility, the courtroom is sure to look at it before further steps can be taken. they particularly made connection with the provisions of segment 89(5) of acja 2015, in submitting that the allegations contained inside the summons need to first be mentioned the police for investigation, earlier than similarly steps with the aid of the court.
despite the fact that both the prosecution and the court did no longer trust their position, chief magistrate wonini stated it’s miles in her man or woman to constantly refer direct criminal summons to the police for investigations, to avoid unnecessary and unsubstantiated petitions.
therefore, she directed that the direct crook summons be investigated by the police inside 14 days.
the problem has now been adjourned, indefinitely, to watch for the record of the research.