The Uyo Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, on Thursday December 12, 2019, arraigned one Geraldine Orok Ita before Justice S. A. Amobeda of the Federal High Court, Calabar on a six count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence, forgery and impersonation.
Count one of the charge against Geraldine reads:
"That you Dr. Geraldine Orok Ita 'F' on or about the 6th day of November, 2014 at Calabar, Cross River State, within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did forge a document to wit: Ordinary Resolution of Sharpnet Concept Limited dated November 1, 2014, purported to have been signed by Mrs. Rose Orok Ita with intent that it may be acted upon as genuine and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(2)(c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M17 of the Reversed Edition ( Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and punishable under section 1(2)(c) of the same Act."
The defendant however pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against her by the Commission.
In view of her plea, the prosecution through its counsel, Usman Shehu, prayed the court to remand the defendant and adjourn to a short date to enable him present his witnesses for the commencement of trial. But the defence counsel, Ernest Ekpe opposed the prosecution's application and quickly informed the court that he has filed a bail application for his client.
The court however adjourned to Friday 13 December, 2019, when the accused was eventually granted bail in the sum of One Million Naira with two sureties in like sum. Each of the sureties must be a blood relative of the accused.
The matter was then adjourned to December 23, 2019 for the commencement of trial.
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16 December, 2019