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Man lands in court for allegedly forging father’s death certificate

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A 38-year-old telecoms engineer, Success Desmond, on Monday appeared in a Wuse Zone Six Chief Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, for allegedly forging his late father’s death certificate.

The police charged Desmond, who resides in Wuse 2, Abuja, with two counts of making  false statement in declaration and using as genuine a forged document.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Prosecution Counsel,  Fidelis Ogbobe, told the court that the complainant, Brook Solicitors, through a petition reported the matter to the office of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team on March 19.

He alleged that the defendant fraudulently obtained an affidavit as the next-of-kin of his late father, Nze Desmond.

Ogbobe in addition said that the defendant thereafter forged a death certificate of his father, which he claimed emanated from Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri.

The prosecutor further alleged that the forged certificate and the affidavit were used by the defendant to carry out a Sim card swap of his father’s MTN line with number 08037039960.

He said that it was during police investigation that it was discovered that the defendant’s claim on the affidavit as the next-of-kin was false and that the death certificate was equally forged.

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