Dismissed Policeman Arraigned for Forgery


Salihu Umar, an ex-policeman was on Friday arraigned before a Wuse Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ Court in Abuja for forgery.
35-year-old Umar, who resides at No. 57 Market Road, Nasarawa, Kaduna, was alleged to have conspired with others now at large to forge a re-instatement letter. He faces a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and forgery. The act was allegedly committed after his dismissal from the Nigeria Police Force.
Corporal Francis Tanko told the court that the accused was dismissed from the Police Service but he forged a re-instatement letter with Police ‘signals’.
The prosecutor also told the court that the accused conspired with others now at large to carry out the forgery which he claimed was authorized by the Provost Marshal’s Office.
The forged letter showed that Umar and others were posted to various police formations, an offence which the prosecutor said contravened the provisions of sections 97 and 364 of the Penal Code.
Umar however pleaded not guilty to the charges and was admitted to bail by the Magistrate, Mr Anthony Ogboi, in the sum of N500, 000 and a surety who must be a public servant not below Grade Level 13, in like sum and must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court.
The matter was adjourned till July 25 for hearing.

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