Pilot Bags 15 Years Jail Term For Forgery

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday,

September 20, 2018, secured the conviction and sentencing of one Jones

Patrick Biyere, a pilot, to 13 years imprisonment before Justice

Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos.

The convict was arraigned sometime in 2006 on an amended 13-count

charge bordering on conspiracy and exporting of forged cheques.

Biyere alongside one Tony Adeyemi and a man simply identified as

Eddy, who are still at large, had, on May 31, 2006 in Lagos,

fraudulently forged and signed 10 Lloyd’s TBS cheques with numbers

002108; 002104; 000096; 00091; 005263; 005260; 000147; 000144; 000546

and 000550.
The defendant was alleged to have attempted to export the said cheques
to a foreign country through the offices of the United Parcel Services
(UPS) situated at Somolu and Gbagada.
One of the counts reads:”That you, Jones Patrick Biyere (Alias Jimmy
Johnson), Tony Adeyemi (at large) and Eddy (at large), on or about
31st May, 2006 at No. 15 Macarthy Street, Onikan, Lagos, within the
jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, fraudulently and knowingly
forged Lioyds TSB Cheque No. 002108 and thereby committed an offence
contrary to Section 3(2) (a) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap.
410 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 1990 as amended by Act No. 62

of1999.”

Another count reads : “That you, Jones Patrick Biyere (Alias Jimmy

Johnson), Tony Adeyemi (at large) and Eddy (at large), on or about

31st May, 2006, at No. 15 Macarthy Street, Onikan, Lagos, within the

jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, fraudulently and knowingly

forged Lioyds TSB Cheque No. 002104 and thereby committed an offence

contrary to Section 3(2) (a) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act,

Cap.410 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 1990 as amended by Act No.

62 of 1999.”

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail.
In the course of the trial, the court had to revoke the bail in view
of the defendant’s refusal to attend trial.
The court had also frowned on the defendant’s bid to stall his trial
by constantly changing his counsels who sought adjournments.
Delivering his judgment today, Justice Idris held that it was a ploy
to continue to delay and frustrate the case, which he inherited from
two judges of the court.
The Judge further held that the prosecution had proved its case beyond
reasonable doubts and found him guilty on counts 1 to 13.
The defendant was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on counts 1 to 11
and 15 years on counts 12 and 13.

The sentences are to run concurrently

Mr Jones Patrick Biyere
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