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How Uche Ogah was Arrested by EFCC Yesterday (DETAILS)

by on October 11, 2016
 
Operatives of the Econom­ic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday morning picked up the President of Masters Energy Oil and Gas Limited, Mr. Uche Ogah, at the premises of a Lagos State Magistrates’ Court in Tinu­bu, Lagos Island.
Ogah was arrested when he stepped out of the courtroom after the forgery charges filed against him by the police were withdrawn.
Ogah, who was declared win­ner of the last governorship elec­tion in Abia State by Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja on June 27, was arraigned by the police for alleged forgery.
But the police on Monday withdrew the charges against him. When the case was called, the police prosecutor, Henry Obi­azi, told the Presiding Magistrate, Mrs. Kikelomo Ayeye, that he had the instruction of the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to withdraw the charges against Ogah and his co-defendants.
“I am instructed by the IGP to withdraw this case, as the issue is pending with the Special Fraud Unit (SFU),” Obiazi said.
The charges were consequent­ly struck out by the court.
As soon as Ogah stepped out of the courtroom, he was arrest­ed by some EFCC operatives, led into the commission’s van and tak­en away.
A source at the EFCC said the commission had received a peti­tion from the complainant in the case against Ogah.
The source said Ogah was be­ing interrogated, adding that oth­ers would also be invited.
The other defendants which the police withdrew the charg­es against were Ogah’s company, Masters Energy Oil and Gas Lim­ited and an ex-employee of Unit­ed Bank for Africa, Deji Somoye.
They were accused of con­spiring with some persons still at large to forge a Memorandum of Understanding between Mas­ters Energy Oil and Gas Limited and Mut-Hass Petroleum Limited sometime in March 2011.
Ogah and some other persons still at large were alleged to have forged the signature of one Mrs. Bridget Adeosun.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty after which they were admitted to bail in the sum of N200,000 each with one surety each in like sum.
But Ogah’s family last night debunked the report of his arrest and detention by the EFCC.
The social media was awash with the report as soon as Ogah was picked up by the egency.
A family member, Mr. Josh­ua Ezebuiro,  in Umuahia said that “there is no iota of truth in the online report.”
According to him, “Uche Ogah is right now sitting com­fortably in his Lagos office”.
He accused Ogah’s political foes of sponsoring the false re­port, which he added is their wish­ful thinking.

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