Operatives of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) of Delta State Police Command have arrested a Lagos-based lawyer, Barrister Mbanefo Nwoko, for alleged conspiracy and forging a medical report document on behalf of his client.
He allegedly forged medical report for his client, Prince Nonos Nwoko, one of the persons laying claim to the stool of Idumuje-Ugboko.
His arrested was precipitated by an order issued by Chief Magistrate F.I Dike, following a false medical report allegedly presented by Barr Mbanefo on behalf of the crown Prince of Idumuje-Ugboko, Prince Chukwunonso Nwoko, who also has a bench warrant to defend, for failure to appear before the court.
Police sources told The Pointer yesterday that after his failure to respond to several invitations from the police over the numerous crises, including alleged forgery, in Idumuje-Ugboko, Prince Nonso was arraigned before an Owa-Oyibo Magistrates Court, Owa-Oyibo, Aniocha North Local Government Area.
The source revealed that he persisted in absenteeism forcing the court to issue a bench warrant, but in defense, he allegedly gave his Lawyer, Barrister Mbanefo Nwoko, a medical report emanating from General Hospital, Owa-Oyibo, which was presented before the court.
Following doubts, the court ordered the police to verify the report whereby the Medical Director of the hospital, Dr P.A. Onyema, in a letter dated June 23, 2017, addressed to Assistant Commissioner of Police, SCID, Asaba and titled “Disclaimer: Re-Medical Report On Nwoko Oreze Nonso Justin” said the report did not emanate from the hospital.
Consequently, the court ordered further bench warrant on Nonso, saying he has failed to appear before the court since inception of the case.
Police also went after Mbanefo, who went into hiding for several weeks to avoid arrest.
The Pointer learnt that following a tip off, police trailed him to Auchi, Edo State, where he was eventually arrested somewhere between Auchi and Benin.
However, he was said to have told the police that his client, Prince Nonso, gave him the document dto present in court.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Andrew Aniemeka, could not be reached for comment last night but a senior police officer confirmed he will be arraigned in court on Tuesday, August 15.