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Forgery: Court begins trial of law graduate May 4

An Ikeja High Court has fixed May 4 for commencement of trial in the case against a law graduate, Ifeanyi Obi, accused of possessing documents used for perpetrating Internet fraud.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Justice Sedoten Ogunsanya fixed the date on Thursday after she granted 30-year-old Obi leave to change his counsel.

Obi was arraigned on Jan. 22 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on a 13 count of forgery.

He had pleaded not guilty to the charge and was remanded in prison custody.

The EFCC said that Obi was arrested on March 15, 2013 in Lagos with several forged cashier cheques, purportedly issued by American banks.

The anti-graft agency accused Obi of selling the cheques to fraudsters, who used them for Internet fraud.

During Monday’s proceedings, Obi notified the court that he was no longer being represented by his former counsel, Mr Agbaje Unujelu.

He told the court that his new counsel was Mr Oruoha Ugoabaka and said he made the change voluntarily.

The EFCC counsel, Mrs Fadeke Giwa, did not oppose the application to change counsel.

However, Giwa’s request that the trial should begin as slated was opposed by Ugoabaka, who asked for more time to study the charge.

Following the development, the judge adjourned the matter till May 4 for commencement of trial.

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