Nigerian fined for forgery, altering in Nakonde

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–A 28-year-old Nigerian national has been convicted and fined by the subordinate court in Nakonde district of Muchinga Province after being found guilty of charges of forgery and altering immigration entry and exit stamps for Nakonde border control

Before magistrate John Kajiko Njapau for judgment yesterday was Sam-Udoh Emmanuel charged with two counts.

In count one, Emmanuel was charged with one count of forgery contrary to Section 342 Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

In count two, Emmanuel was charged with one count of altering documents contrary to Section 352 Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

He pleaded not guilty to both counts.

Facts before the court were that on March 30, this year, at Nakonde in Nakonde district of Muchinga Province, Emmanuel, using passport number A 01560231, attempted to make entry into Zambia on an approved Visa from the Zambian Mission in Tanzania.

Emmanuel forged the entry stamp number NAK 145 and exit number 146.

Passing judgment, Njapau said the prosecution team had proved the case beyond any reasonable doubt and that the court had found Emmanuel guilty as charged and convicted him accordingly.

Magistrate Njapau said he had taken into consideration the mitigation of the convict but that the offence committed was serious, adding that the court had no option but to order him to pay a fine of KR 500 on each count or in default serve an 18 months imprisonment with hard

In mitigation, Emmanuel said he was asking the court to exercise maximum leniency on him when passing the sentence because it was his friend who had put him in problems.

Emmanuel told the court that he had asked his friend to help him stamp his passport and did not know that he used fake stamps.