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A claimant to the traditional stool of Isiagu ancient Kingdom in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State, Chief Ben Ifeatu, has been arraigned at the Chief Magistrate Court I, Awka, Anambra State capital, over alleged forgery of town union documents and signatures.

He was arraigned on count charge of forgery and false claims.

When the matter came up at the Chief Magistrate Court I in Awka, the police prosecutor, Emmanuel Oboma, told the court that Chief Ifeatu committed the offence on August 12, 2012, at the peak of chieftaincy tussle in Isiagu community.

He also forged many signatures, which he said, were those of members of the town union executive.

When Chief Ifeatu was asked to produce the people that signed the document, he claimed that the signatories were all dead.

Obma further said that the offence contravened Sections 463 of the Criminal Code, which provides for three years imprisonment for forgery; as well as Sections 362 to 364 of the Penal Code, which stipulates punishment of up to 14 years; but the accused pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him.

After listening to the matter, the Chief Magistrate, O.N Ike, adjourned the matter till Wednesday, January 20, 2021, for continuation of trial.

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