Police Arraign Alleged Land Speculator For Forgery

Acting IGP, Mr. Egbetokun

An alleged land speculator, also known as land grabber, Ikem George Anagwu, has been arraigned before an Igbosere Chief Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, on a count-charge of forgery.

The defendant was arraigned before court presided over by Chief Magistrate Eniola Ogunkanmi, by the operatives of Force Criminal Investigation Department (ForceCID) Annex Alagbon-Ikoyi, Lagos, on Friday.

Arraigning the defendant, the prosecutor, Barrister Morufu Animashaun, of the ForceCID Legal Department ForceCID, Annex, Alagbon-Ikoyi, informed the court that the defendant sometimes in 2021, at Oko Ado village, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, forged the Signature of one Kingsley Ehikioya, on a document titled ‘Deed of Assignment’.

He further told the court that the defendant fraudulently used the said ‘Deed of Assignment’ between an Engineering firm, Nonskanin Engineering Limited and Kingsley Ehikioya.

He told the court that the defendant alleged criminal act, contravened section 365(3)(e) of the Criminal Law Chapter C17, Vol. 3, Laws of Lagos State 2015, and punishable under the same law.

But the defendant, Ikem George Anagwu, denied the allegation and pleaded not guilty to the one count charge.

Upon his not guilty plea, the prosecutor, Animashaun, urged the court to remand him in the prison custody, and also asked the court for a trial date.

However, lawyer to the defendant, urged the court to admit his client to bail, on the ground that the charge against him is a bailable one, and that he has credible sureties to stand for him.

Chief Magistrate Ogunkanmi in his ruling, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in like sum.

The Chief Magistrate further ordered that the sureties must be residing with the court’s jurisdiction and show to court evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State government.

Chief Magistrate Ogunkanmi when adjourned the matter to September 29, 2023, for mention, ordered that the defendant be remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS), till he is able to meet the bail terms.

The Charge Against The Defendant Reads:That you IKEM GEORGE ANAGWU ‘M’, sometime in 2021 at Oko Ado village, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, forged the Signature of one, Kingsley Ehikioya ‘M’ on a document titled ‘Deed of Assignment between Nonskanin Engineering Limited and Mr. Kingsley Ehikioya thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 365(3)(e) of the Criminal Law Ch. C17, Vol. 3, Laws of Lagos State 2015.”