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AGF Charges 2 Italians, Firm For Forging Nigerian’s Signature, Documents

AGF Charges 2 Italians, Firm For Forging Nigerian’s Signature, Documents

The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) has dragged two Italians, Mr. Paolo Brono and Gianfranco Albertazzi before a Lagos Federal High Court, over alleged forging of a Nigeria Businessman’s signature and his company’s documents.

Charged alongside the two foreigners before Justice Muhammad Liman’s led court is their company, Borini Promo & Company and one A. Prono, said to be at large.

AGF in a charged marked FHC/L/338c/2020, accused the Italians of forging the signature of one  Christopher Uzodike, as well as forging several invoices belonging to his company,  Land Technology Limited.

They were said to have forged the company’s invoices with serial numbers 00019; 00024; 00012; 00139 and 0034 and Mr. Uzodike’s signature, with an intent that it may be acted upon as genuine to the prejudice of Mr. Christopher Uzodike.

The defendants were alleged to have committed the offense between 2008 and 2009, in Lagos State.

The Offences, according to the AGF’s counsel, Mrs. Kehinde Bode-Ayeni, contravened sections 3(6) and 1(2)(c) and punishable under section 1(10) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap. M17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

Meanwhile, the defendants’ arraignment which was scheduled for yesterday, could not proceed due to their non-appearance in court, the prosecutor, Mrs. Bode-Ayeni, pleaded with the court for a short date for their arraignment.

Consequently, Justice Liman fixed for March 17, for their arraignment.

Count one of the charges against the defendants read: “that you, Borini Prono & Company Nigeria Limited, Paolo Brono ‘M’, Gianfranco Albertazzi ‘M’ and one other (A. Prono), now at large, between 2008 and 2009, in Lagos State, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, Lagos, did conspire among yourselyes to commit a felony, to wit: forgery of signatures of Christopher Uzodike and Invoices of Land Technologies Limited and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 3(6),1(2)(c),  and punishable under section 1(10) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap. M17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. 

Last count reads: “that you, Borini Prono & Company Nigeria Limited, Paolo Zrono ‘mM’, Gianfranco Albertazzi ‘M’ and one other (A. Prono), now at large, between 2008 and 2009, in Lagos State, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, Lagos, did knowingly forge Land Technologies Limited Invoice No. 0034, dated 20/6/009 and the signature of Mr Christopher Uzodike, knowing same to be false, and with intent that it may be acted upon as genuine to the prejudice of Mr Christopher Uzodike and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 1(2)(c) of the Miscellancous Offences Act, Cap. M17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004”.