First Bank Senior Officers in Forgery Allegation
The intelligent department of the Nigerian police force, zone 10 Abuja embarked on investigating a forgery allegation that involved some members of the First Bank Plc. and had found that some documents tendered in court to obtain an injunction to take over the tank farm belonging to Zone 4 energy Limited for a disputable alleged debt, were fabricated.
Some of the staff accused are Mr. Kunle Awojobi, who is the Managing Director of FBN trustee, Mr. Razaq Yusuf, a staff of First Bank, and some others.
It could be recalled that on the 1st of July this year First Bank approached the court through their lawyer, Emmanuel Oyebanji, to obtain an order to take over Zone 4 Energy’s tank farm located in Calabar free trade Zone and also frozen the account of the company, an order Justice Saliu Sahidu of Federal high Court Ikoyi Lagos granted.
Consequently, the affected company through its lawyer, Lanre Ogunlesi (SAN) filed motion to discharge the order alleging that the order were obtained in error and said the day of execution of order have elapsed. Ogunlesi argued that there is no notice of the said action that has ever been forwarded to his client.
However because of the annual vacation court Justice AbdullAzeez Anka, a vacation judge, discharge the order after listening to the submission of both parties. Justice Anka ruled in favour of Zone 4 Energy’s lawyer, Mr. Lanre Ogunlesi (SAN) that the third party’s goods be evacuated with immediate effect.
The applicant by Mr. Ogunlesi said it had “substantial quantity” of Chukelad Nigeria’s products in its storage when the bank’s receiver took over the tank farm. His ruling implies that First bank can only lay claim to the tank farm and not the content of the tank farm. He adjourned ruling to 8th of September.
On the 26th of August 2016, two of First Bank’s staff, Ayodele Ogunlana and Razak Yussuf, were arrested by the police at the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) premises,
Okotiebo, and taken to Area A police station for investigation and questioning.
They were later asked to sign an undertaking that they would appear at Zone A police station in Abuja the following day.
All the First Bank staff linked to the forgery of Mr. Ola Olaniran’s signature an Operational Director of Zone 4 Energy Limited are still under the interrogation of Police in force CID Zone 10 Abuja.
It’s reliably gathered that they will be charged to court soon.
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