Forgery: Court Convicts Former Minister Ogah, Orders Arrest, Jail – Punch Newspapers

An Abia State Magistrate Court sitting in Umuahia on Thursday convicted former Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Uche Ogah, for forgery and ordered his arrest and imprisonment at any nearest Correctional Center in the state.

In lawsuit No. UMSC/362/2022, the All Progressives Congress had filed a criminal complaint against Dr. Ogah for failing to participate in the party’s gubernatorial primary election held on May 26, 2022, but he went ahead and forged the identity of the party. direct primary election results sheet “intended to be acted as genuine.”

According to the whistleblower, the forgery perpetrated by Ogah was detrimental to the party and its true standard-bearer for the governorate in Abia State, High Chief Ikechi Emenike, “thus committing an offense contrary to Section 465 of the Penal Code (as applied in Abia) and punishable under article 467.”

In handing down her sentence, Chief Justice Ngozi N. Nwangwa held that the defendant/defendant “is guilty as charged”, adding: “I am satisfied that the defendant has no defence”.

“I hereby indict Dr. Uche Ogah for the crime he is charged with,” he said.

The Presiding Magistrate therefore ordered the security agencies to arrest him wherever he was found and hold him in the nearest correctional facility pending the day he would appear in court for his sentencing.

Oga had always been absent from court.

In an affidavit, Secretary of State Chief Chidi Avaja, PW1 had submitted six exhibits on allegations of forgery numbered “A – F” against Dr. Ogah and which the party’s lawyer, Barr Vigilus Nwankwo, described as documents that are “unquestioned and incontrovertible”. proof” of the defendants.

Ogah could not be reached for his comment.

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