Bello’s arraignment, which was scheduled for Wednesday before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, was, however, stalled due to the failure of the prosecuting counsel for the state, Mr. R. O. Aroyewun, to present the case file.
“A petition was forwarded to the Attorney General’s office in respect of the matter. The AG called for the case file yesterday for a further review. So, we are not with the file here,” Aroyewun told Justice Taiwo.
According to a temporary charge brought by the prosecution last March 1, Bello and three others – Chukwuka Victor, Friday Palmer and Osumah Terry – committed the alleged offence sometime in December 2001.
They allegedly forged a Certificate of Occupancy with Reference No. 63/63/1989s with the intent that it might be used or acted upon as genuine.
The offence was said to have contravened sections 422 and 427 of the Criminal Code Law of Lagos State, 2003.
Justice Taiwo, after an application by the defence counsel, Mr. F.O. Udokeorah, granted the defendants, except Bello, N1m bail with two sureties in like sum.
Further proceedings in the case have been adjourned till October 25.