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Court grants Keyamo's application on customs chief trial

Published by Punch on Wed, 14 Dec 2011

A Lagos High Court in Ikeja, has given a Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Festus Keyamo, the nod to commence an application for an order of mandamus, seeking to compel the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecution to prosecute the current Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko, for alleged certificate forgery.The presiding judge, Justice Yetunde Idowu, on Tuesday granted the leave sought through an ex-parte application.The judge ruled that the applicant, represented at the Tuesdays proceeding by Mr. Festus Afeiyodion, should serve the processes of his application for the mandamus on the Lagos DPP.Keyamo had sought the leave of the court to apply for Mandamus compelling the Director of Public Prosecutions, Lagos State to exercise his discretion whether or not to prosecute Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko, for certificate fogery and if he declines to prosecute, to endorse a certificate to the effect on the information submitted to him by the applicant on June 29, 2011 pursuant to section 258 (a) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State, 2007.Keyamo, in his statement of facts, stated that the application followed the affidavit dated September 1, 2009 and sworn to by his client, Mr. Olajide Oyewole.Oyewole stated in the said affidavit that he helped Dikko to forge two certificates purportedly issued to him (Dikko) by the Nigerian Institute of Management as well as another one by the West African Examination Council.Keyamo, in urging the court to grant his application, stated that he had prepared against Dikko a charge of seven counts of forgery, stealing and uttering. The offences, according to him, are contrary to sections 465, 383 and 468 of the Criminal Code Law Cap C17, Laws of Lagos State respectively.He stated that he had on July 19, 2010, submitted a letter accompanied with the charge and proof of evidence to the office of the Attorney-General of Lagos State for prosecution of Dikko.Keyamo added in the letter that the proof of evidence he attached to the letter included the copies of the forged certificates, Oyewoles sworn affidavit and the VCD recording of the confessional statements of Oyewole stating how the offences were committed.In his 50-paragraph confession, Oyewole narrated how Dikko made attempts on his life when he (Dikko) no longer felt secure that the secret would not be let out.He stated that he knew Dikko in 1995 while serving as a member of the National Youth Service Corps with the NIM in Lagos.He said Dikko failed to fulfil his promise of finding him a job after the NIM refused to retain him because he could not account for two missing certificates entrusted in his care.
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