The Police in Benin City, capital of Nigeria’s Edo state, have arraigned 46-year-old lawyer-wife of a millionaire, her lawyer and another over alleged forgery of Will.
The accused, Mrs. Mercy Sheidun, Barr. Samuel Urhoghide and one Jonah Sojah, were arraigned before an Oredo Magistrate’s Court on a two-count charge of conspiracy and forgery.
The three accused pleaded not guilty of the alleged offence.
According to the charge sheet MOR/389/2013, , the accused persons on August 22 1997 at 3 Isibor street off Murttala Mohammed Way in Benin city allegedly conspired among themselves to commit felony.
The Prosecutor, Inspector Osaretin Ogiehor, told the Court that the accused persons “did forge a testament instrument to wit; a will purported to have been made by late Sir Kola Sheidun, and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 465” of the criminal code.
He said the alleged offences were punishable under section 516, Cap 48, Vol.11 and section 467(2) of the criminal Code Cap 48. Vol.11 Laws of the Defunct Bendel State of Nigeria 1976, as applicable in Edo State .
The trial Magistrate, Mr. Peter Asemota, granted Mrs. Sheidun and Urhoghide bail on self recognition as lawyers, while the third accused, Sojah, was granted bail in the sum of N100,000 with a surety in the like sum and who must be a house owner within the Oredo magisterial district.
He adjourned the case to 23 September for hearing.