The Chairman of Ini Local Government in Akwa-Ibom State, Isreal Idiasin, was on Thursday, docked at the Federal High Court in Abuja over a claims that he falsified his age to protect qualifications for the office.
He was put on trial by the Nigeria Police Force.
The offender, who was docked prior to trial Justice Emeka Nwite, pleaded innocent to a 2 count charge bordering on forgery and perjury.
The Prosecution, in the charge significant FHC/ABJ/CR/ 31/2022, declared that the offender created his date of birth through a sworn affidavit, contrary to the one sworn to by his late father, which he used to contest and win the city government chairmanship position.
He was also implicated of making false proof through affidavits which he deposed to, that he had actually never been employed in any public workplace, whereas he was utilized by the NIPOST.
After the offender entered his not guilty plea to the charge, his team of legal representatives, led by a previous Attorney-General of Akwa Ibom state, Mr Uwemedimo Nwoko, SAN, urged the court to launch him on bail, pending the decision of the case.
The bail request was not opposed by Police attorney, B. N. Ezeala, who left the issue at the discretion of the court.
In a short judgment, Justice Nwite, confessed the Defendant to bail in the amount of N10million with 2 sureties in the like amount.
The court held that the sureties need to be affordable residents that are resident within the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
It ordered that the sureties need to swear an affidavit of means and also deposit their 2 current passport pictures.
In addition, the accused was bought to deposit his travel files with the Chief Registrar of the court, even as the matter was adjourned till April 4 for trial.
The court purchased that the accused needs to be remanded in a Correctional Center, pending the excellence of all the bail conditions.
The 2 count charge against the defendant, read; “That you, Isreal Umen Idiasn, on or about the year 2019/2020, within the Judicial Division of this Honourable Court, did forge your date of birth through a sworn affidavit, contrary to your date of birth sworn by your late daddy which you utilized to contest and won the Chairmanship at your Local Government election, therefore committed an offense contrary to Section 362 and punishable under area 364 of the Penal Code.
“That you, Isreal Umen Idiasn, on or about the year 2019/2020, within the Judicial Division of this Honourable Court, did make false proof through affidavit which you deposed to the effect that you have never ever been by public office whereas you were utilized by NIPOST and therefore committed an offense contrary to Section 156 and punish under area 158 of the Penal Code.”