A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja has adjourned the arraignment of the son of late traditional ruler of Badagry, Oba Afolabi Ogungbe James, Mr Semasa Kolade James.
Mr Sunday Ekong told the court that the Police Special Fraud Unit had on February 12, 2018 preferred criminal charge against Semasa at a Lagos State High Court, Ikeja with charge No. ID/6886C/2018.
Semasa was accused of fraudulently converting to his personal use and benefit the sum of N500 million property of his late father’s estate between 2010 and 2017 in Lagos.
One of the counts read, “That you Semasa Kolade James, in 2011 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, knowingly forged the Resolution of a company called CAJ Industrial Enterprises Limited, dated November 28, 2011, by purporting that the said resolution was signed by your father, as one of the directors of the company, whereas your father died on January 30th, 2002 and you forged the said resolution, with intent that it may in any way be used or acted upon as genuine whether in Lagos State or elsewhere to the prejudice of any person.”
The arraignment of Semasa was stalled on Monday before justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo due to protest by the defendant’s counsel that his client was not aware that the earlier date of April 10 has changed.
However, the Prosecution Counsel, Sunday Ekong, said that Monday was fixed for arraignment of the defendant due to the difficulties the police encountered in securing his attendance in court.
After listening to both parties, the trial judge adjourned the arraignment of the accused to April 10, 2018 and consequently released the defendants to his lawyer with an order to produce him in court at the next adjourned date for arraignment.