Bayo Oyewale Lokoja
A Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Lokoja has on Wednesday adjourned the case of forgery preferred against a Lokoja-based legal practitioner, Mr Julius Elukpo till April 11.
The Chief Magistrate Mr Seidu Hussein who gave the order stated that this will enable to authenticate some documents in Abuja by the counsel to the Kogi State Commissioner of police who is the complainant.
The legal practitioner and the Chairman of Kogi Elders Forum is currently facing one count charge of forgery preferred against him by the Police Commissioner.
Elukpo was alleged to have used the signatures of three persons to write a petition against the management of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja in March 2016.
However, the prosecution counsel. Theophilus, Oteme, announced that all his five witnesses were present in court and sought the permission of the Chief Magistrate to open trial.
The court also granted the permission and the Medical Director of the FMC, Dr Olatunde was invited to give witness.
Alabi told the court that he suspected that the signatures on the petition were forged through an exchange of letters written between the Medical Centre and the three persons whose signatures were allegedly forged.
He mentioned their names to include a former state Head of Service, Mrs Sabina Atta, Mr Stephen Yakubu and Mr James Mesole who are all members of Kogi Elders Forum.
Atta, Yakubu and Mesole are principal witnesses in the case and they were present in court on Wednesday.
Alabi added that the trio in their joint reply to his letter denied writing a petition against the management of the centre to the Minister of health.
He said it was on the basis of this that he wrote the state Commissioner of police to investigate the matter.
He tendered the letters in court and they were admitted and marked exhibits A, B and C.
However, under cross-examination by the defendant’s counsel, Mr Muisdeen Abdullahi, Alabi, admitted lodging a complaint to the police and not the persons whose signatures were forged.
He also admitted that Elukpo did not sign the petition letter written to the Minister of health.