Police Charge 4 to Court for False Information

The Police in Benin, Edo State, have arraigned four persons before an Oredo magistrates’ court, for alleged conspiracy and giving false information bordering on diversion of public funds.
The accused persons, Jonathan Owaibor (58), Egharevba Jacob (54), Flora Oyakhilome (49) and Goodluck Uwaifo (42), are facing a two-count-charge, an offence punishable under section 125 (A)(1) of the criminal code, law of the defunct Bendel State.
According to the police prosecutor, Inspector P. Agbonifo, the accused persons had on December 15, 2015, in a written statement made at the AIG Zone 5 office in Benin, in the Oredo magistrate district, falsely accused one Solomon Oboh, John Ehigie Jacob, Eliss Igodan, J.N. Okeke (Mrs.) and Charles Awodu, of diversion of N1m.
According to the prosecuting officer, the written statement was aimed at causing the defendants to be charged to court with the offence of fraudulent diversion/stealing of N1m, knowing that they were innocent of the alleged offence.
The prosecutor added that the accused employed the service of police to the effect that the defendants fraudulently diverted the sum being association funds, threatened their lives and gave information known to be false, with the intention of causing police to use their lawful power to injure and annoy the defendants.
The Presiding Magistrate, F.E. Akhere, after the arraignment, granted the accused persons bail, and adjourned the case till December 13, 2017, for further hearing.

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