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COSON Crisis: Efe Omorogbe Arrested, Arraigned For Forgery, Impersonation, Granted Bail

A former director of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Efe Omorogbe, has been arrested and arraigned for impersonation and forgery.

Omorogbe, who is also the Manager of pop music icon , 2face Idibia  and the  CEO of Now Musik was arraigned   on Thursday before Magistrate O.O.Oshin of Igbosere Magistrate 1 on four  count charge of forgery, fraud, falsification of documents with the intent to defraud and  having conducted  himself alongside others at large to commit breach of peace, stormed the meeting of venue of the COSON’s Chairman, committed an offence punishable under section 168  (d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.

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COSON chairman,Tony Okoroji

In the case file A/29/2018 between Commissioner of Police vs Efe Omorogbe, 47 years old and Joel Ajayi, 61, the accused persons and others at large conspired to commit felony to wit: forgery using false document and conduct likely to cause breach of peace and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 412 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2015.

The Police operatives from Zone 2, Abuja, the source revealed, arrested Efe Omorogbe and arraigned him,  having concluded investigations and took statements from witnesses.

Omorogbe who has been at daggers drawn with the current Chairman of the Copyright Society, Chief Tony Okoroji over leadership of the organisation was arrested on Wednesday, according to a reliable source, on the directive of the Inspector General of Police following his alleged forgery of the letter head of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) and writing a letter to the bankers of the company to close the operation account, in his capacity as the new chairman of the company.

Prosecutor, Police Sgt. Friday Mameh told the court that Omorogbe, Ajayi and others still at large, committed the offences on December 7, 2017 at No. 41, Oluwaleyimu Street, Ikeja.

Mr Mameh said the accused allegedly forged COSON’s letterhead “with intent that it may be acted upon or used as genuine…to the prejudice of COSON”.

“The accused also conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace by storming the meeting venue of Chief Tony Okoroji with thugs and disrupted the proceedings.”

He also told the court that the offences contravened Sections 168 (d), 363 and 376 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Omorogbe and Ajayi, however, pleaded not guilty.

Counsel to the accused persons, Mr S. Ehiwelele and Mr Chibuzor Nwankobi, urged the court to admit them to bails on liberal terms.

The accused  persons had  pleaded not guilty and was granted bail in the sum of N250,000. The matter was adjourned for hearing May 17, 2018. Omorogbe and Ajayi expected to perfect the bail  conditions.



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