The traditional ruler of Ilaje-Bariga Community in Lagos, Kayode Ayetiwa, has been arrested by the police for forging a court judgment and leading thugs to destroy an 18-room building valued at N20 million in his domain.
Ayetiwa is standing trial before a Lagos State Magistrates’ Court in Igbosere, on a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy, criminal damage, forgery, forcible entry and impersonation.
Prosecuting police officer, Eshiet Eshiet, told the court on Thursday during Ayetiwa’s arraignment that on March 9, 2012 at about 11:30am, the defendant and others now at large unlawfully entered the 18-room apartment at No. 35 Rashidi Atokun Street, Abule Okuta, Bariga, Lagos.
“They threatened violence and maliciously damaged the 18-room apartment valued at N20 million, property of the late Mr. John Nwachukwu,” Eshiet alleged.
“They unlawfully forged a court judgment with suit No. ID/274/2011 between Patrick Isanleme versus Salami Alli Fafaunke purported to have emanated from the Lagos State Judiciary on 30/11/12.”
The prosecutor also claimed that Ayetiwa and the others falsely represented one Mr. Tobi Ademola to be a Court Sheriff from the Lagos State Judiciary.
The offences, he added, contravened Sections 52, 78(b) 363(1)(2)(v) and (w), 337 (1) and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Ayetiwa denied the charges.
Magistrate A.O. Awogboro granted the defendant’s bail on self recognition, but added that the defendant’s address must be verified.
The case was adjourned to March 15.