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Court Orders Detention of Ekiti Monarch-Elect Over Certificate Forgery Allegations

A Federal High Court sitting in Akure has issued an order for the detention of Prince Babalola Adebomi, the Oba-elect of Araromi-Ekiti in Ijero Local Government Area of Ekiti State, on charges of certificate forgery.

Prince Adebomi was arraigned on two counts of forging a certificate from the University of Ibadan and presenting it to the University Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti, for employment in 2008. Additionally, he was charged with forging his discharge certificate from the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and presenting it to the same hospital for employment.

The charges, outlined in the charge sheet No. FHC/AK/16/2024, accuse him of knowingly making and uttering false documents with intent to deceive and secure employment. The prosecution, represented by attorney Itunun Osobu, indicated the intention to present two witnesses to substantiate the charges.

However, Prince Adebomi pleaded not guilty to the charges through his attorney, Attah Paul, who requested time to present an application on notice and sought the court’s consideration for bail.

In response, Justice Owoeye ordered the detention of Prince Adebomi in the office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police and adjourned the hearing until Thursday, May 23, 2024. The defense has proposed sureties for bail, emphasizing the defendant’s commitment to court proceedings and ensuring his presence until the adjourned date.

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