The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, Port Harcourt  Zonal office, on Friday,  July 24, 2020 arraigned  Belief Nathan Horsfall before Justice  A. T. Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State  on  three count charges  bordering on conspiracy and forgery.
He however, pleaded "not guilty" to the charges preferred against him.
 
One of the counts  read: "That you Belief Nathan  Horsfall and Maxwell Dokubo now at large on or about the  26th day of March, 2019 at the Federal High Court, did conspire amongst yourselves to forge  a document titled: Certificate of Occupancy with Cert. No. 2018/0001/A000997 and file No: RSLS/000228 in order to perfect the bail  condition of one Oghenekevwe Innocent Akinnwo, a defendant in charge No:  FHC/PH/21/2019 between Federal Republic of Nigeria Vs.  Oghenekevwe  Innocent Akinnawo, knowing same to be false and thereby committed an offence  contrary to Section 3 (6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M17 of the  Revised Edition (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) 2007 and punishable under  the same Act”.
 
In view of the "not guilty" plea by the defendant, prosecuting counsel, E. K. Ebipade asked the court for a short date for  commencement of trial.
 
However, counsel to the defendant D.G Erekeosima, in an oral  application, prayed the court to grant the defendant bail which was opposed by  the prosecution.
 
Justice Muhammed ordered that the defendant be remanded in EFCC  custody pending consideration of his bail application. The matter was adjourned  to October 14, for trial.
 
Horsfall got into trouble when a case of conspiracy and forgery was reported against him by the Deputy Chief Registrar of the Federal High Court, Rivers State. As surety to one Innocent Akinnawo Oghenkevwo currently being  prosecuted by the EFCC, the defendant who hails from Buguma, Rivers State, allegedly  presented a forged Certificate of Occupancy to the court, claiming he owns a  landed property in Eli-Wenenda Rumuchese,  Ogbogoso, Obio/Akpo Local  Government Area of Rivers State. He equally collected the sum of Fifty Thousand Naira (N50,000)  for standing as surety  for Innocent. It was also discovered that he had used the same forged document to stand surety for three other persons.
 
 
 

Media & Publicity,

24/07/2020