EFCC arrests Ex-Abia governorship aspirant, Uche Ogah over allegation of forgery
Tiamiyu Saheed Oluwatosin
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday arrested Ex-Abia Governorship candidate, Uche Ogah, over allegations of forgery.
Ogah, who is the president of oil firm, Masters Energy Oil and Gas, was arrested on the ground of having conspired with some persons still at large to forge a Memorandum of Understanding between his company, and Mut-Hass Petroleum Limited sometime in March 2011.
Ogah earlier this year battled fellow member and incumbent governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu following allegation that he submitted false information to his party, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, for the party’s governorship primary in December 2014.
Ogah was arrested on the premises of a Lagos State Magistrates’ Court in Lagos Island where the case of forgery, which was initially filed by the police was being heard.
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The police on Monday asked the court for a withdrawal of the case against the accused persons since the matter was still under investigation by the Special Fraud Unit and has to be well investigated before he is summoned to court.
As soon as the case was dropped, the EFCC officials came in and arrested the Ex-governorship aspirant.
The charge against him reads, “That you, Masters Energy Oil and Gas Limited, Uche Ogah, and others at large sometime in March 2011 at Ikeja, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did conspire among yourselves to wit: forgery.
“That you, Masters Energy Oil and Gas Limited, Uche Ogah, and others at large, on the same date, time, place and in the aforementioned magisterial district, did forge the signature of one Mrs. Bridget Adeosun and a document known as MoU between Mut-Hass Petroleum Limited and Masters Energy Oil and Gas Limited, with an intent that it may be in any way used or acted upon as genuine.
“That you, Deji Somoye, United Bank for Africa and others still at large, sometime in August 2011, at UBA regional office, Palmgrove, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did knowing that Masters Energy Oil and Gas Limited designed to commit an offence, failed to use all reasonable means to prevent the commission or the completion of the crime.”
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