Siblings accuse 70-year-old brother of forging father’s will

A 70-year-old man, Obasola Adebowale, has been accused by his siblings of allegedly forging the will and letter of power of Attorney belonging to their late father.

Adebowale was, on Thursday, arraigned before an Igbosere magistrates’ court on charges bordering on forgery, fraud, assault and breach of peace preferred against him by the police.

It was gathered that the defendant, sometimes in 1982 after the death of his father, Josiah Osholanke Adebowale, ?in 1980, without his siblings’ consent, fraudulently converted their father’s property to his personal use.

The 70-year-old man was further accused of forging a letter of power of attorney purportedly signed by him as genuine signature of the deceased.

It was further alleged that the defendant conducted himself in a manner likely to cause breach of peace by depriving his siblings access to their late father’s properties.

The offence committed is punishable under sections ?363, 285, 171 and 166(d) of the criminal law of Lagos State 2011.

Adebowale, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge against him.

Consequently, the presiding magistrate, Mrs O. M Ajayi, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000, with one surety in like sum.

She ordered that the surety must be a responsible person and address verified by the court.

The case was adjourned till July 18.