The Economic and financial crimes commission has arraigned a businessman John Abebe, who is also a brother to the late Stella Obasanjo.
He was arraigned for alleged forgery by the EFCC, and his case is presided over by Justice Mojisola Dada. He has so far been remanded in Ikoyi Prison pending filing and hearing of his bail application by his counsel, Mr. Uche Nwokedi (SAN).
The EFCC arraigned Abebe on a four-count charge of forgery, claiming that he “knowingly forged” a letter dated November 30, 1995, written by BP Exploration Nigeria Limited to Inducon (Nigeria) Limited.
The EFCC alleged that he illegally inserted into page 2 of the letter the following words: “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.” And the agency alleged that Abede attempted to pervert the course of justice by tendering the allegedly forged November 30, 1995 letter “as a fabricated evidence” in court Suit No FHC/CS/224/2010 between Dr. John Abebe , Inducon Nigeria Limited, and Statoil Nigeria Limited.
Rotimi Oyedepo, EFCC prosecuting counsel told the court that by attempting to pervert the course of justice, Abebe violated Section 126 (2) of the Criminal Code Cap C17, Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2003. Which is a violation of Section 467 of the Criminal Code Cap C17, Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2003.
Justice Dada Adjourned the case to enable the defense counsel, Mr. Nwokedi to file an application for his client’s bail.