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Published On: Thu, Mar 15th, 2018

Forgery: Lawmaker asks court to dismiss criminal charges against him

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From Ado Abubakar Musa Jos

Plateau Lawmaker, Mr Ibrahim Baba-Hassan (APC) on Tuesday prayed the Jos Federal High Court II to dismiss all criminal charges of forgery labeled against him by the Attorney General of the federation.
The Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami had filed eight court charge against Baba-Hassan representing Jos North in the Plateau State House of Assembly for forging a Diploma certificate of University of Jos in 1996 and presented same to INEC for purposes of vying for political offices/elections.
Malami said that haven forged the certificate for Diploma in Business Administration, the lawmaker had contravened sections 465, 117, 191 and 192 of criminal Code Act Cap C. 38 and section 1(2)(c) of the Miscellaneous Act Cap M17 law of the federation of Nigeria 2004 respectively.
When the case came for hearing before the Presiding Judge, Justice Musa Kurya, Baba-Hassan’s Counsel , N.D. Gwaison, asked the court to dismiss the case on the ground that the attorney general had shown that he had no interest in the case.
The defence counsel had accused the prosecution counsel, Mr Una Matthew-Udo of refusing to appear in court and sending any message explaining reasons for his absence in court at their last sitting on Feb. 22, 2018.
“My Lord, this matter was adjourned to today for the prosecution to respond to our application that the charges preferred against our client (Baba-Hassan) be struck out and that the defendant be discharged in pursuance to section 351 of the criminal code.
“The prosecution counsel was not in court last time and there was no reason given before this hounourable court to explain his absence in court, ’’ the defence counsel submitted.
Gwaison then applied to the court to dismiss the case and discharge his client in accordance with the law he cited because the prosecution has failed in its duty to show commitment to the case in the first place.
But Matthew-Odu objected to the application, which he described as “ill conceived’’ and “in affective’’ and asked the court to disregard the application.
After listening to the arguments of both counsels, Justice Kurya adjourned the case to April 13, 2018 for ruling.

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