EFCC Arraigns Obasanjo’s Brother In-law

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday arraigned a businessman, John Abebe, on charges of forgery.

Abebe, who is a younger brother to the late former First Lady, Stella Obasanjo, was arraigned on four counts before the Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja.

According to the anti-graft agency, Abebe “knowingly forged” a November 30, 1995 letter written by BP Exploration Nigeria Limited to Inducon (Nigeria) Ltd, Daily Trust writes.

The EFCC further alleged that Mr. Abebe also attempted to “pervert the course of justice” by tendering the ‘forged’ November 30, 1995 letter “as a fabricated evidence” in court, in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/224/2010 between Dr. John Abebe, Inducon Nigeria Limited and Statoil Nigeria Limited.

The EFCC accused him of making an attempt to “mislead the court” by using fabricated evidence, contrary to Section 120 (2) of the Criminal Code Cap C17, Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2003.

Rotimi Oyedepo, lead prosecutor of the EFCC, told the court that Abebe violated Section 126 (2) of the Criminal Code Cap C17, Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2003 by attempting to pervert the course of justice.

But when the charges were read to the businessman on Thursday, he pleaded not guilty.

Justice Mojisola Dada ordered that Abebe be remanded in Ikoyi Prison as he adjourned the case to enable the defence counsel, Mr. Uche Nwokedi (SAN), to file an application for his client’s bail.

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