27 February 2013

Nigeria: Truck Pusher in Court for Allegedly Forging N890,000 Bank Cheque

The police on Wednesday docked George Amuga, 30, at a Tinubu Magistrates' Court, Lagos, for allegedly presenting a First Bank of Nigeria Plc. cheque of N890,000 with a forged signature.

Amuga, who claims to be a truck pusher living at No. 31, Airport Road, Oshodi, Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and fraud.

Police prosecutor, ASP. A. C. Orji, told the court that the accused and others, who are now at large, allegedly committed the crime on Feb. 14 at the Oshodi branch of the bank in Lagos.

"Amuga presented the cheque which belonged to one Kesike Frank with account no. 3016728922, but the cashier promptly spotted that he was not the same with the image that appeared on the bank's computer.

"The suspect, noting that the cashier was staring suspiciously at him, immediately left the bank but reappeared at an Ikeja branch of the bank to request for an ATM Card and was subsequently arrested.

"On interrogation, he stated that the cheque was handed over to him by a man he met on a commercial bus, who he referred to as 'Boss', Orji said.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened sections 409 and 361(a) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The magistrate, Ms A. O. Awogboro granted him bail in the sum of N250,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case to March, 25.


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