By Vivian Okejeme Abuja
The federal government, has arraigned the Director of Outsource Company limited, Hassan Amal, before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory over a two-count charge of allegation of forgery.
Amal was granted bail to the tune of N15million after he pleaded not guilty to the two -count charge.
In the charge sheet, she was accused of forging the signature of the Chairman of LEADERSHIP, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah in September 2015 with the intention of causing it to be believed as genuine.
Sequel to no guilty plea, Amal, through her counsel, Francis Ugbor, pleaded the court to admit her client to bail.
Arguing his oral bail application, Ugbor said that the offence of the defendant is bailable, adding that the accused has been on administrative bail before her arraignment yesterday.
He argued that her being granted bail will not affect the outcome of the trial.
Opposing the bail application, the prosecution counsel, Nneji Ndifon, said that bail is at the discretion of the court and added that material facts must be placed before the court before that discretion could be exercised.
“In exercising your discretion, material fact must be placed before the court.
“She has been released on administrative bail because Section 35 of the 1999 Constitution says an accused can’t be kept beyond 48 hours. It is only the court that can order the remand of an accused person.
“In order not to frustrate the trial, we urge the court to order the remand of the suspect in custody. We will ask for speedy trial. If. She is granted bail, there is likelihood that that the trial can be frustrated,” he argued.
In a short ruling, the trial judge, Justice M. Nasir, admitted Amal to bail in the sum of N5million with two sureties who must be civil servant and must be a resident of the Federal Capital Territory.
She said she should be remanded in prison custody, if she fails to meet her bail conditions.
The two count charge reads, “
“Amal Hassan, being one of the Directors of The Outsource Company Ltd, on or about 2 day of September 2015 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court forged the signature of Sam Nda Isaiah on a document titled “ the Federal Republic of Nigeria company and Allied matters act, 1990 company Ltd by Shares Special Resolution of the Outsource company Ltd RC: 1133186 dated 2nd September 2015 with the intention of causing it to be believed that the fake documents was jointly signed by you as Sam Nda Isaiah who you knew did not sign it.
“Using as the means a forged document contrary to section 366of the Penal Code Act CAP 532 laws of the Federation of Nigeria Abuja 1990 and punishable under section 364 of the same Act.
Speaking to the newsmen after the proceeding, Spokesman to Amal dismissed the allegations describing it as very ridiculous.
He said, “The allegations levelled against her by Sam Nda Isaiah of Leadership newspaper are absurd. Sam Nda- Isaiah is accusing her of forging his signature on the incorporation papers to issue him shares in a company she founded.
“This is very ridiculous and a clear case of harassment and intimidation.
“For avoidance of doubt, Amal did not and will not forge anyone’s signature.
“We shall get to the bottom of this victimization. We are consulting with our legal team to decide on the best course of action to redress this injustice.”