Ade Adesomoju, Abuja
The Federal Government on Monday arraigned a lawyer, Eziafa Enwedo, on charges of forgery of court documents which a judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, in Kubwa, Abuja, relied on to remove Ifeanyi Ubah of thr Young Democratic Party as the Senator representing Anambra South.
The defendant was the lawyer to Obinna Uzor, who was the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate in the last Anambra South senatorial election, in whose favour the FCT High Court judgment was delivered.
Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered Enwedo’s remand in custody after the defendant took his pleas on Monday.
The judge refused to hear the request by defence lawyer, Onyinye James, to move the bail application orally.
The request for oral bail application was opposed by prosecuting counsel, Afam Osigwe, who insisted that the application be put in writing.
The judge agreed with Osigwe by directing the defence counsel to file a written bail application to enable the prosecution to respond to it.
Justice Abang then ordered the defendant in prison and adjourned further hearing till March 26.
The Legal/Prosecution section of the Force Headquarters in Abuja filed the six counts in the case on Thursday.
It was alleged that Enwedo in September 2019 conspired with Anani Chuka, Aroh Ifunanya, Faith Samuel and Obinna Uzoh, who were all said to be at large, to commit the offences.
The prosecution alleged that with intent to commit fraud, the lawyer and his alleged co-conspirators, made the false documents and the “purported judgment” in the suit CV/3044/18 – Anani Ancletus Chuka v. Ubah Ifeanyi Patrick and others “ knowing same to be false with the intent that it may be acted upon as genuine to the prejudice of Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Ubah, a distinguished senator representing Anambra South Senatorial District.”