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Lira district commercial officer remanded over forgery

Josephine Alobo, the Lira District Commercial Officer (Photo by Solomon Okabo)

Lira, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  |  The Lira District Commercial Officer has been remanded for alleged forgery.

Josephine Alobo appeared before Lira Grade One Magistrate, Hillary Rwamiranga, on Thursday on three counts of obtaining money by false pretence and uttering false documents.

The co-accused are Felix Odongo, a Lira based businessmen, Lillian Alwedo, Richard Oyuku, and Denis Omara, all teachers at Ayago Primary School. However, only two Alobo, and Alwedo, appeared in court.

Court heard that the accused, on January 15, 2020, while at Centenary Bank Lira branch, without lawful authority, forged an AGM attendance list belonging to Ayago SACCO in Lira City West Division.

The prosecution told the court that the accused persons wanted to change and take over the signatories to the SACCO’s bank account.

The State Attorney, Martin Rukundo, also informed the court that investigations into the case were still ongoing.

The accused, who were represented by Emmanuel Egaro and Company Advocates, applied for bail on grounds that they had been held in custody for close to two weeks without being produced in court. 

However, four of the sureties did not have identification documents and local council letters. 

The magistrate remanded the accused to Lira central government prison until May 1 2021 they will appear. Court also issued summons for Oyuku and Omara,

 

Ayago Sacco Limited located in Lira City East Division has 2,137 members and the current loan portfolio is over 300 million shillings. 

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