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Lagos Court Adjourns Trial in Forged Bank Notes Case

Justice I.O. Ijelu of the Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, has postponed further hearings in the trial of Mark Obisesan, Olumide Mcintouch, Bolaji Bakare, and the late Goodluck Bazunu. The quartet faces an 11-count charge, including the alleged purchase of forged bank notes. The court session, held on January 18, 2024, concluded with an adjournment to February 15, 2024.

The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had re-arraigned the defendants on February 16, 2023. Charges included the purchase of forged bank notes and conspiracy, with sections of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011 cited.

The prosecution, led by N.K. Ukoha, had previously closed its case on November 30, 2023, after presenting three witnesses. During Thursday’s proceedings, the defense counsel for Bazunu, Ndubuisi Oraenyen, informed the court of Bazunu’s demise.

Ukoha requested a hearing vacation to verify the death, citing incomplete details in the presented death certificate. Justice Ijelu ruled that verification should not impact proceedings.

The first defendant, Mark Obisesan, took the stand to defend himself, asserting a 20-year acquaintance with the second defendant, Mcintouch. Obisesan claimed to have purchased three traveler’s cheques from Mcintouch, clarifying the transaction’s legitimacy through bank records.

Obisesan stated he contacted Travelex upon discovering one of the cheques had been bought over, receiving confirmation of its authenticity. Under cross-examination, he admitted to prior involvement in identity theft in the UK but claimed innocence regarding the current charges.

The court adjourned to February 15, 2024, as the trial continues.

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