Consultants at Federal Hospital in Enugu docked for alleged forgery

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Consultants at Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu

TWO consultants of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu, have been arraigned before an Enugu North Magistrate Court for alleged stealing and forgery.

The consultants, Dr. Inechi Mcdonald Chikaodo and Dr. Ugwuonye Kingsley, both psychiatric doctors, were docked on a 4-court charge before the Magistrate  S.O. Okoro by a police prosecutor Simeon Eze.

They were said to have conspired in 2014 to steal and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 494 (a) of the Criminal Code, Cap 30, Vol. II, Revised Laws of Enugu State of Nigeria, 2004.

The charges read: “That you Dr. Inechi Mcdonald Chikaodo and Dr. Ugwuonye Kingsley on the same date, place and in the aforementioned magisterial district did steal the sum of N700,000 (seven hundred thousand naira) property of Ozor Stephen, next of kin to late Ozor Obinna and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 353 (L) of the of the Criminal Code, Cap 30, Vol. II, Revised Laws of Enugu State of Nigeria, 2004.

“That you Dr. Inechi Mcdonald Chikaodo and Dr. Ugwuonye Kingsley on the same date, place and in the aforementioned magisterial district did steal the sum of N1,034,711.00) property of late Ozor Obinna and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 353 (L) of the of the Criminal Code, Cap 30, Vol. II, Revised Laws of Enugu State of Nigeria, 2004.

“That you Dr. Inechi Mcdonald Chikaodo and Dr. Ugwuonye Kingsley on the same date, place and in the aforementioned magisterial district did with intent to deceive or acted upon as genuine forged the signature of Stephen Ozor in a purported acknowledgement letter in respect of the sum of N700,000 (seven hundred thousand naira), which you purported to have been signed by him and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 443 (1) of the Criminal Code, Cap 30, Vol. II, Revised Laws of Enugu State of Nigeria, 2004.”

According to sources, the said money was for the treatment of a one of their colleagues who was said to be suffering with a kidney disease. The fellow doctor reportedly died in Lagos before he could be flown abroad for further treatment.

Both consultants pleaded not guilty and elected summary trial. 

The defence counsel prayed the court to grant them bail in most liberal terms, an application the prosecutor left to the discretion of the court.

The Magistrate granted them bail in the sum of N300,000 only, with one surety in the like sum and held that “the surety shall be a civil servant of grade level six and above.”

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