Certificate Forgery: Court declines Suspect bail

Justice V. M. Venda of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), High Court, Maitama, Abuja has refused to grant bail to Mr. Heart Victor Nonso citing the sensitivity of the offence as the basis for her refusal.

Mr. Nonso had earlier been arraigned on 25th February 2019 before Justice Venda of FCT High Court 20 by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), on a 6-count charge bordering on alleged forging of a Diploma Certificate in Public Administration, of the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi.

Following the “not guilty plea’’ which he entered after the charges were read to him, and upon the bail application filed by his counsel, the trial judge had fixed March 6th , 2019, for ruling on the bail application.

At a resumed hearing, Justice Venda, having considered the gravity of the offence refused to grant the accused bail and ordered that he should be remanded in Kuje prison.

The alleged offence which Mr. Nonso committed contravenes Section 363 and punishable under Section 364 of the Penal Code Law, Cap 532 Laws of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The case was adjourned to 18th and 20th of March, 2019 for continuation of hearing.