A Makurdi-based lawyer, Okpale Ojikpa, has been arraigned in a Nasarawa court for allegedly using fake court judgement to freeze accounts of the Nasarawa State Government.
Ojikpa, who is alleged to be acting on behalf of some group of pensioners, under the auspices of Nigeria Union of Pensioners, had filed a notice of appeal and a motion seeking an interlocutory injunction to restraining the bank from allowing the Nasarawa State Government to access its accounts.
In the suit filed before the Chief Magistrate Court III, sitting in Lafia, the Nasarawa State Government also accused Ojikpa of presenting false statement in the declaration, which it said, was receivable as evidence by law.
Counsel for the Nasarawa State Government, Egye Aliyu, said the records before the court showed that Ojikpa used fake court judgements to obtain garnishee orders on the accounts of the state government, noting that, he contravened sections 161 and 164 of the Penal Code.
According to the counsel, Ojikpa’s action, delayed the payment of salaries of workers.
Aliyu who further accused Ojikpa of obtaining three different injunctions in three different courts of concurrent jurisdiction to garnish the account of the state government by hiding the facts of the case, claimed that freezing of the account caused insecurity, death and near total collapse of public institutions.
He said, “The judgment Mr Ojikpa alleged has been determined at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja
“He illegally obtained orders from the court on several occasions, which is considered to be fraud contrary to Section 163 of the Penal Code and the nature of the offence carries a jail term of seven years.”
However, counsel for the defendant, Ucha Ulegede, applied for bail.
The presiding magistrate, Emmanuel Jatau, admitted Ojikpa to bail in the sum of N1m and one surety in like sum.
He subsequently adjourned the case till January 16, 2022.