Fraud: Late Ibekwe’s accomplice’s trial resumes 13yrs after

lagos—THE Trial of Augunous Okoro, an alleged accomplice of late House of Representatives member, Maurice Ibekwe continued yesterday before an Ikeja High Court with a forensic expert testifying on some documents. The duo of Okoro and Ibekwe are charged for allegedly duping a German national, Klaus Munch and his Firm System Organisation of the sum of $30 million in 1992. Moment the trial commenced in 2003 before the then Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun of an Ikeja High Court, Maurice Ibekwe then a member of the House of Representatives died in prison custody leaving Augunous Okoro to continue the trial. Shortly, Okoro also claimed to have developed some ailments and that he could no longer continue with the trial. However, the trial resumed recently only to suffer several adjournments at the instance of the defendant. At the resumed trial yesterday, the prosecution brought a forensic expert to analyse some documents already admitted as exhibits. While being led in evidence by Prosecution Counsel, Mr. Adeniji Adebiyi, the witness, Mr. Rapheal Onwuzurigbo narrated to Justice Oluwatoyin Atinuke Ipaye that he found discrepancies in the documents analysed in May, 2003, alleging forgery of various documents against Mr. Augunous Okoro. Onwuzurigbo told the judge that he employed a method of using Video Spectra Comparator to determine the writing and signatures on documents of subject matter analysed and found out they were not the same. He stated that, “The questioned handwriting in the relevant column of documents of B1 to B2, B4 to B8 where written by the writer of a specimen handwriting of a documents marked X1 to X9″.source:Vanguard

 

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