Oguji, a third term member of Ebonyi state house of Assembly was arraigned in a four-count charge broadering on certificate forgery and other related criminal offences punishable under section 118 of the criminal code act, cap C38 laws of the federation of Nigeria 2004 as applicable in Ebonyi state.
It was gathered that Oguji was arrested at Abuja somedays ago and brought to Abakaliki for trial.
The charge sheet reads: “That Oguji on November 2006 did knowingly swore false affidavit touching on first school leaving certificate purportedly issued to you in the year 1984 by community primary school uduku Ettam okpuitumo in Ikwo Local government area, Ebonyi state and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 118 of the criminal code act, cap c38 laws of the federation, 2004 as applicable in Ebonyi state.
“That Oguji between 2007and 2015 did forge an entry scheduled marksheet and state exams for community primary school uduku Ettam Okpuitumo in Ikwo Local government area of Ebonyi state for the year 1986 with intent that it may be used or acted upon as genuine and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 465 and punishable under section 467 of the criminal code act, cap C38 laws of the federation of Nigeria 2004.
“That Oguji in November 2006 did alter an affidavit sworn to at the Ebonyi state high court and thereby committed in offence contrary to section 465 and punishable under section 467 of the criminal code act, cap C38 laws of the federation of Nigeria 2004 as applicable in Ebonyi state.”
However, the counsel to the accused, Emeka Odom during the hearing of the matter in court, appealed to the trial judge to grant bail to the accused on self recognition as he was the chief whip of the reputable state house of Assembly.
In his argument, the prosecutor Mr. Peter Amadi from the Nigeria police force headquarters, Abuja objected to the request of the counsel to the accused.
Amadi faulted the request, adding that the accused may jump bail if granted bail on self recognition.
In his ruling, the trial magistrate Mrs Stella Ogoke, however, granted bail to the accused, stressing that he should produce a surety, which must be a civil servant or a business person with valid identity card, ID, with the sum of twenty thousand naira.
Meanwhile, the matter was adjourned to 11th June 2018 for further hearing.