A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja), in a judgement on Thursday, remanded Dr Obinna Uzo in Police custody following his arrest.
Dr. Obinna Uzor and his lawyer, Eziafa Enwedo, were arraigned before Justice Okon Abang for allegedly using a forged Originating Summons and court processes to obtain a forged judgement from a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory to unseat Senator Ifeanyi Ubah representing Anambra South senatorial zone.
The forged judgment has since been set aside by the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
The duo were docked before the Federal High Court in Abuja on a six-count criminal charge.
Others FG cited as Defendants at large, in the charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/78/2020, are Anani Anacletus Chuka, Aroh Ifunanya and Faith Samuel.
Dr. Obinna Uzoh was arrested on Monday after driving for miles to submit himself to the police in Abuja. Prior to this, him and three others – Anani Cletus, Ifunanya Aroh and Faith Samuel were declared wanted.
It was alleged that they conspired and used a forged motion with No. M/4017/19, and forged originating summons to obtain the upturned judgement that sacked Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Peoples Party, YPP, as the lawmaker representing Anambra South Senatorial District. It was also alleged that the judgment presented by the duo was forged.
FG told the court that the Defendants, by their action, committed an offence contrary to Section 3(b) of the miscellaneous offences Act Cap M17 Law’s Of the Federation Of Nigeria 2004 and punishable under Section 1(2) of the same Act.
The Defendants, pleaded not guilty to the charges that was read to them before trial Justice Okon Abang, even as their lawyer, Mr. Chukwudi Igwe, prayed for the court to release the 1st Defendant on bail but withdrew his application for bail of the 2nd Defendant pursuant to which same was struck out.
The prosecution counsel, Mazi Afam Osigwe, urged nit to allow the Defendants counsel to orally apply for bail as the Federal government intends to put facts before the court in oppositon of the application for bail.
Osigwe noted that the Obinna Uzoh was hitherto at large and deliberately refused to make himself available for trial until he was declared Wanted by the Police.
In his ruling, Justice Abang allowed Eziafa Samuel who is the 1st Defendant to continue on his existing bail granted to him on 19th March 2020.
The court however ordered that the 2nd Defendant, Dr. Uzor abe remanded in police custody till July 6 when his formal bail application will be heard.
Justice Abang also directed that Police should call the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, to carry out COVID-19 test on the 2nd Defendant and submit the test result to the court before the adjourned date.
“The court cannot order his remand in prison having regard to the current situation and since his medical condition is not known. The court have to be slow in remanding Defendants in Correctional Center.
“The court will take further decision as regard to his custody upon submission of result of his COVID-19 test”, Justice Abang ruled.
Below is Dr Obinna Uzo and Eziafa Samuel at the duck.