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Unmarried Couple Docked For Bank Cheque Forgery In Lagos

An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos yesterday remanded a cohabiting couple, Patrick Nana, 35 and Ifeoma Alexander, 39, who allegedly forged a First Bank cheque with intent to withdraw money.

Chief Magistrate Mrs. O.I. Raji granted the accused bail at N150,000 each with two sureties.

She said the sureties should be employed with an evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State government.

“The accused should remain at Kirikiri Prisons pending when the bail conditions will be met,” Raji said.

The accused, living at 31, Unity Estate, Giwa, Oke-Aro, Lagos are facing a five-count charge on conspiracy, forgery, fraud and false pretences.

The prosecutor, Rachael Williams, said the accused committed the offences on March 23 at First Bank, Iju Road, Lagos.

She said the accused with others at large, conspired to commit felony by stealing one slip of First Bank cheque, with an account name, Soluade Olawale.

“The accused fraudulently procured the execution of valuable security to withdraw N98,000 from the account of Soluade Olawale,” the prosecutor said.

The duo pleaded not guilty.

The offences contravene sections 314, 322, 329, 365 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State.