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Police withdraws amended charge against APGA Chairman

The Nigerian Police has withdrawn an amended charge it filed against the factional Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Edozie Njoku, Chukwuemeka Nwoga and Mrs Ogunseye Adebisi, Secretary to a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Mary Peter Odili.

Njoku and Nwoga were arraigned on a 14-count charge over allegation of conspiring with others to forge judgment of the Supreme Court.

However, after further investigation, the police filed a fresh 14-count amended charge dated February 6, 2023, which now included Justice Mary Peter Odili’s Secretary, Mrs Ogunseye Adebisi as the 3rd defendant.

Specifically, the Inspector General of Police was accusing them of forging the Apex Court judgment and the letter-head paper of retired Justice Mary Peter-Odili.

When the matter came up for hearing, the Police Prosecution Counsel, Rimamsonte Ezekiel told Justice Mohammed Madugu of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, sitting in Bwari that he would be proceeding with the trial with the initial charge against Njoku and Nwoga.

The Defence Counsel, Panam Ntui, did not raise any objection to the withdrawal of the amended charge.

Following withdrawal of the amended charge, the trial proceeded, with the prosecution calling the first witness.

The prosecution witness, Godwin Odu told the court that he became the Deputy National Secretary of the party after a convention held in Awka on 31 May 2019.

The prosecution witness said it was after the Awka convention on the 31 of May, that Chief Edozie Njoku, began to parade himself as the new National Chairman of APGA.

The witness said the issue became subject of several litigations, which eventually reached the Supreme Court.

Odu further said he wrote a petition to the police that Njoku forged the judgment he was using to parade himself as national chairman of the party.

After listening to the arguments, Justice Mohammed Madugu adjoined until the 27th of this month for hearing.

Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu; Editing by Chinasa Ossai