Abuja (Sundiata Post) – A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Bwari on Wednesday granted Edozie Njoku the factional National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) bail on self-recognition.
Justice Mohammed Madugu had on Monday remanded Edozie alongside the factional National Youth Leader of the party, Chukwuemeka Nwoga, at the Suleja Correctional Centre over their alleged complicity in the forgery of a judgment of the Supreme Court.
Njoku is to produce a surety who must be a civil servant resident in Abuja of Grade Level 15 or above or a landed property owner with a certified Certificate of Occupancy, Justice Madugu ruled.
The court had set aside an arrest warrant earlier issued against the defendants.
The defendants’ lawyer, Panam Ntui, on Monday argued their bail application shortly after they pleaded not guilty to a 14-count charge filed by the Inspector General of Police (IGP).
Njoku and Nwoga are in the charge marked: CR/12/2022 accused among others, of altering a judgment delivered by the Supreme Court on October 14, 2021 in the appeal marked: SC/CV/686/2021 and inserting Njoku’s name as the second defendant when he was never a party in the case.
The defendants were alleged to have written Justices Odili, Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Mohammed Garba and Ibrahim Saulawa (who were members of the panel that delivered the judgment) to help insert Njoku’s name as the second respondent.
They were alleged to have procured the services of some officials of the court who helped to insert Njoku’s name on the judgment, which Njoku allegedly presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the IGP, claiming to have been declared APGA’s National Chairman by the Supreme Court.