Agba Jalingo: AGF set to exonerate Ayade’s in-law
• Prosecute alleged Abuja law school exam impersonators
Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice is set to prosecute two persons, Pascal Aboh (a lawyer) and Idoko Odeh, in connection with sitting for the bar examination as impersonators at the Nigerian Law School, Abuja, in May 2022.
In a suit, marked: FCT/BW/CR/35/22, Odeh and Aboh were mentioned as first and second defendants, with a five-count charge bothering on alleged criminal conspiracy, forgery and impersonation.
Hearing on the matter is expected to commence in September after the case is assigned to a judge
Aboh, a suspended law lecturer at the University of Calabar, was nabbed and arrested for impersonating and re-sitting an exam for a student at the school.
The lecturer was initially suspected to have written the examination for Mrs. Alami Ayade, the wife of Frank Ayade, a younger brother to the Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade. But the charge sheet revealed that Odeh conspired with Aboh to forge an identity card that was used in sitting for exams for one Orekoya Kayode, and not Mrs. Ayade.
Mrs. Ayade has consistently denied any involvement with the defendants, noting that she sat for her law school examination, held in May 2022, from start to finish.
In the charge sheet filed by the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation, M.B. Abubakar, on behalf of the AGF, at the Abuja High Court, the defendants were charged for forgery, contrary to Section 363 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 364 of the law.
It reads in part, “Pursuant to Section 104 and 379 of the Criminal Justice Act 2015, both the first and second defendants were allegedly found guilty of criminal conspiracy contrary to Section 96 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 97 of the law.
“That you, Idoko Odeh, adult male of Nigerian Law School Bwari, Abuja, and Pascal Bekongfe Aboh, adult male, 47, between May 9 and 12, 2022, at Nigerian Law School in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did conspire among yourselves to forge Nigeria Law School student identity card to reflect the name of Orekoya Kayode, but having on it the passport photograph of Pascal Bekongfe Aboh, and you thereby committed an offence.
“That you, Idoko Odeh, while being a staff of the ICT Department of the Nigerian Law School, did forge application to re-sit the bar final examination.”