A 56-year-old man, Mr. Ben Ifeatu, was on Thursday arraigned before a Magistrate Court III, Awka, Anambra State for allegedly giving false information to the police.
The accused was charged for giving false information to the Police, through a petition he wrote to the then Commissioner of Police, Anambra Sate, Mr. Bassey Abang, alleging that the traditional ruler of Isiagu community in Awka South Local Government Area of the state, Igwe Austin Nwankwo, was parading fake certificate of recognition.
When the matter came up on Thursday, the prosecuting counsel, Augustine Obu, told the court that the accused, in a letter dated January 22, 2019, petitioned the Commissioner of Police in the State that the Isiagu monarch had no genuine certificate of recognition.
He said, “Consequent upon the petition, the state Police command swung into action, and arrested the monarch for alleged forgery and false pretense. The command, subsequently, wrote the office of the Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Town Union Matters in the State.
“But, the state government, in its reply, said the certificate of recognition of Igwe Austin Nwankwo came from them, and was genuine.
“The command also went to Isiagu community, made random survey to get the opinion of the towns’ people over Mr. Ifeatu’s claim that the royal father had been intimidating people in the community; but nobody came out to bear witness that Igwe Nwankwo had been intimidating people of the town.
“Based on these findings, we released Igwe Austin Nwankwo on bail, and subsequently, arrested Mr. Ben Ifeatu for misleading the police by giving false information.”
According to the prosecuting counsel, the offence contravened Section 154, Sub A & B of the Criminal Code Law of Anambra State, 1991.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him.
The presiding Magistrate, Mrs. Nonye Anyaegbunam, after listening to the matter, adjourned till Wednesday, August 19, 2020, for further hearing.