The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related
Offences Commission (ICPC), has arraigned one George Dawari Edward
before Justice Peter Kekemeke of the Federal Capital Territory High
Court, Apo, Abuja, for impersonation.
Dawari was arrested on June 5, 2015 on the strength of a petition
filed before ICPC, that the suspect who allegedly claimed to be a
Medical Doctor, demanded the sum of N450,000 from a couple with a
promise to procure 5-year visas to the United States for them and
members of their family.
It was discovered during interrogation that the suspect was
neither a Medical Doctor nor did he work in the National Hospital
Abuja as claimed.
In a 9-count charge bordering on forgery, possession of forged
documents and impersonation, the prosecuting counsel, Osuobeni Ekoi
Akponimisingha of ICPC alleged in the charge sheet, that the accused
person forged United States of America entry visas for himself and
three (3) other persons contrary to Section 363 and punishable under
Section 364 of the Penal Code Caps.532 Laws of the FCT, Abuja 2006.
Investigations also revealed that the accused impersonated a medical
doctor, having in his possession a Medical Laboratory Coat with the
name Dr. E.D. George, and attempted to administer intravenous drip on
one Mrs. Patti Bassi under the guise of being a medical doctor,
contrary and punishable under Section 132 of the Penal Code
Caps.532 Laws of the FCT, Abuja, 2006.
The accused pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
His counsel, Henry Iheme, asked the court to grant his client bail,
which was refused by the trial judge because the application for bail
wasn’t properly made.
The matter was then adjourned to September 30, 2015 for commencement of hearing.