Police arrest lawyer over alleged forgery

August 22nd, 2018

By Ameh Ejekwonyilo

Men of the Federal Capital Territory police command have nabbed a lawyer, Mr. Chuks Dibiaezue over an allegation of forgery of loan papers linked to the First Bank Plc’s.

An Abuja school, Whiteplains British School Ltd, alleged that the First Bank PLC forged a Tripartite Legal Mortgage Agreement through

Dibiaezue using a firm known as Lagardera and Co. The forged document and ‘Form CAC 8’, (Particulars of Mortgage) were filed with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).

The First Bank PLC, according to the school, produced the Tripartite Mortgage Agreement at its Shippers House offices on January 27, 2014 between it, White Plains British School Ltd, and former owner of the school’s land, France Lee Nigeria Ltd.

Under the purported mortgage agreement, the First Bank PLC could at a short notice acquire and takeover the school’s property at Plot 528 Cadastral Zone B4, Jabi, FCT.

The school with six buildings each with four floors each comprising both secondary and HSC is estimated to worth N6 billion.

Thus, it was also alleged that the bank used the said forged agreement to obtain an order of a Federal High Court in suit no: FHC/ABJ/CS/1023/2015, granting it access to the school’s property.

The school claimed that when the attention of the two directors of the school, Dr Francis Chukwuma Nwufoh and his wife, Doris Adaora Nwufoh as well as the two directors of France-Lee Nigeria Ltd, which sold the land to the school in 2008, Francis Charity Ibe and his son, Emeka Prince Kelechi, were drawn to the documents, they all denied knowledge of the agreement or affixing their signatures on the document.

Also, the Notary Public, Godwin Imakhai, before whom the directors were purported to have deposed to two affidavits dated October 25, 2013 endorsing the said Tripartite Agreement denied the documents.

In the petition to the Police, EFCC, and an affidavit in an FCT High Court by their counsel, Chukwuma Machukwu-Ume (SAN), Dr Nwufoh deposed that “someone superimposed/forged my signature unto the document and used the same to secure the judgment in suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/1023/2015.”.

In her deposition, Mrs Ibe deposed that “I have never given my passport photograph to Barrister Chuks Dibiaezue and I am concerned how the photograph was gotten and affixed therein.

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