Senator Misau Accused of Forgery Arraigned, Granted Bail

A Federal High Court, Tuesday, granted bail to the Senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Isah Misau, who was before arraigned for allegedly making injurious falsehood statement against the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on self-recognition.
He is facing fresh charges on alleged forgery and uttering official document.
On the last adjourned date, Oct 12, his lawyer, Joshua Yusuf Musa, SAN, challenged legal competence of the charge, noting that the charge was bereft of the requisite seal.
Musa had argued that under Order 10 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, a seal duly authorised by the Nigerian Bar Association must be affixed to every charge to accord it validity.
He said it would not be proper for his client to enter his plea to a defective charge.
On his part, a lawyer from the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Saleh Hadi, acknowledged that seal was not affixed to the charge, even as he applied for a short adjournment to enable Federal Government to regularise the amended charge.
Consequently, Justice Anwuli Chikere deferred the arraignment till December 12.
In the amended charge, Federal Government accused the embattled lawmaker of making and uttering false documents that he allegedly submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission when he was seeking election to the Senate in 2011 and 2014.
The documents, which he was said to have falsely made and uttered, comprised affidavits in support of personal particulars, statutory declaration of age deposed to at the FCT High Court and the Bauchi State Health Management Board Birth Certificate with number 28799.
The defendant was alleged to have forged a Bauchi State Health Management Board Birth Certificate with number 141400C which he allegedly submitted to INEC on January 28, 2011, knowing it to be false.
The various birth certificates and statutory declarations of age the Senator submitted to INEC at different times were said to have disclosed different dates of birth.
At the resumed hearing Tuesday, the prosecuting counsel, informed the court of the amended charges filed.
Hadi said the amended charges had been filed and he had affixed seal as ordered by the court on the last adjourned date.
He further applied for the charges to be read to the defendant to enable him take his plea.
When the charges were read to Misau, he pleaded not guilty to the amended 10-count charge against him.
The defence counsel, Uchena Ogbunabo, who held brief for Paul Erokoro (SAN), immediately prayed the court to grant the defendant bail on liberal terms and in self-recognisance.
The Judge upheld the submission of defence counsel and consequently granted Misau bail.
Justice Chikere, however, ordered the lawmaker to deposit his international passport with the Chief Registrar of the Court.
Justice Chikere adjourned the matter until January 21 for hearing.
The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation had earlier filed five-count charge, before the FCT High Court in Abuja, accusing Misau, a retired Deputy Superintendent of Police, of making “injurious falsehood” of corruption and unethical practices against the IGP and the Nigeria Police Force in the media.
Part of the allegations by Misau considered injurious to the IGP and the Nigeria Police Force, which he is standing trial at FCT High Court, were that police officers allegedly paid as much as N2.5m to get special promotion and posting through the Police Service Commission and that the IGP allegedly diverted money meant for the purchase of Armoured Personnel Carriers, Sport Utility Vehicles or other exotic cars.
Misau was also said to have falsely accused the IGP of ensuring that half of the mobile commanders in the country were people of his Nupe extraction.
The offences were said to be contrary to section 393(1) of the Penal Code.

Author: News Editor

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