A don, who should know better has found ihimself in the web of forgery and perjury, and for that he to be remanded in prison custody.
This was the order of Justice Saliu Saidu of a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Monday. This is pending when the don would argue his bail application.
Prof. Joseph Mba is been accused of forging some documents in the name of the Institute of Strategic Management Nigeria Limited.
Mba’s ordeal is sequel to his arraignment by the Police Special Fraud Unit on three counts bordering on forgery and perjury.
The police accused the Professor of forging a Special Resolution of the Institute of Strategic Management Nigeria Limited dated June 11, 2012, with the intention of changing the name of the institution to the Institute of Strategic Management Limited.
The said document was said to have been allegedly signed by one Dr. Austin Uwandulu to make it appear as if it was genuine so as to prejudice the Institute of Strategic Management Nigeria Limited.
The don was also said to have allegedly forged another Special Resolution of the Institute of Strategic Management Nigeria Limited dated June 12, 2012, wherein he stated that one Samuel Ojo, a lawyer, had been appointed as the secretary/legal adviser of the institution.
The second document was also said to have been signed by Uwandulu.
In the said document, Mba, with his accomplices, allegedly stated that the Institute of Strategic Management Nigeria Limited held its Extraordinary General Meeting on December 17, 2012 instead of June 14, 2012.
According to the police, the accused had claimed that at the purported meeting some persons were appointed as the director of the Institute of Strategic Management Nigeria Limited.
The fake document was said to have been signed by Mba and Ojo, who he had been parading himself as the secretary/legal adviser of the company.
The police prosecutor, Effiong Asuquo, told the court that Mba acted contrary to and was liable to punishment under sections 1(2)(c) and 3(1) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap. M17 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
But Mba pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Justice Saidu then ordered Mba to be remanded in prison pending bail application and subsequently adjourned till March 21, 2016 for trial.