The police in Edo on Wednesday arraigned a Lawyer, Smart Agbonlalor,65, and Uwangue Osaigbovo, 55, in Benin for allegedly forging a land approval document, purported to have been issued by the Oba of Benin.
The two defendants were arraigned on a two-count charge bothering on conspiracy and forgery before an Ogbeson Chief Magistrates’ Court, Benin.
Iyawe alleged that the defendants forged the document in their bid to take possession of a land measuring 100ft by 200ft with beacon No N35/B, 46/B, 54/B, 55/B in Aduwawa area of Benin City.
Iyawe said the defendants alleged that the document was purportedly issued by the then Oba of Benin, Oba Akenzua ECMG, on April 15, 1966.
He said the defendants knew the document to be false because the landed property belonged to one Mr Henry Okwarobo, the Majority Leader of the Edo State House of Assembly.
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 516, and 484 of the Criminal Code, Laws of the defunct Bendel State, 1976, which is now applicable in Edo.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against them.