EFCC arrests lawyer for allegedly forging bail documents

Ewa Okpo Edmund, popularly known as ‘ Street Lawyer’ has been arrested by the Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for allegedly forging bail documents.

The lawyer allegedly presented a forged medical report to procure the bail of his client, Noble Dainge Tamunoateli (a.k.a. Frederick Collins) an alleged internet fraudster currently under prosecution on charges bordering on criminal impersonation and possession of over N14 million suspected to proceed of crime.

The offense is contrary to Section 22 (2)(b)(i) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention ETC) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 ( 2 ) ( b ) ( iv ) of the same Act.

A statement released by the antigraft agency says on receiving the bail documents, operatives of the Commission proceeded to the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital to verify the authenticity of the medical report which looked suspicious as the defendant had undergone several medical checks, including COVID19 test and had never shown any sign of ulcer as indicated in the report.

The report from the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital indicated clearly that the positive ‘H-Pilori’ test report attached to the bail application of Tamunoateli did not emanate from the hospital.

It also stated that Tamunoateli has never been a patient at the hospital, and that the doctor that signed the forged medical report was not a staff of UNCTH.

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