John Abebe, younger brother to the late former First Lady, Stella Obasanjo has been arraigned for alleged forgery by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday, July 26.
Abebe was arraigned on four counts before the Lagos state special offences court in Ikeja.
The Punch reports that the EFCC claimed that Abebe “knowingly forged” a November 30, 1995 letter written by BP Exploration Nigeria Limited to Inducon (Nigeria) Ltd.
EFCC also alleged that Abebe “illegally inserted” into page 2 of the said letter the following statement:
“Also note that the ‘Buy-Out Option’ only applies to the pre-production stage of the NPIA. The $4m buy-out is thus irrelevant from production of oil in any of our fields.”
Going further, the news outlet reports that the EFCC said Abebe also attempted to pervert the course of justice by tendering the allegedly 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.
He was also accused 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.
Abebe pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him. Justice Mojisola Dada subsequently ordered that Abebe be remanded in Ikoyi prison.
NAIJ.com had reported that Lagos state high court dismissed the suit instituted by a Norwegian oil firm, Statoil Nigeria Limited, against a businessman, John Abebe and his company, Inducon Nigeria Limited.
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