– Some hours after he was reportedly held by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Uche Ogah has regained his freedom
– His lawyer, Monday Ubani, confirmed his release and gave full details of what actually transpired and why he was summoned
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has released Mr Uche Ogah, the president of Masters Energy Oil and Gas Limited, hours after he was reportedly invited by the agency at the Lagos magistrate court in Tinubu.
His lawyer, Monday Ubani, confirmed his release in a statement made available to NAIJ.com late Monday, October 10, 2016.
Ogah, who recently battled Okezie Ikpeazu for the governorship seat in Abia state, was invited by officials of the EFCC after the Nigeria police withdrew the forgery allegation against him on the ground that the charge was preferred hastily without evidence.
Ubani said his client was released unconditionally few hours after he made his statement to EFCC.
The lawyer added that the commission was influenced into carrying out the “embarrassing invitation” of his client based on false information by the petitioner.
Ubani said the complainant in the forgery charge, one Mrs Bridget Adeosun, had forwarded the same petition which she sent to the police to the EFCC with a lot of misinformation.
“The invitation of my client, Uche Ogah by officials of the EFCC this morning at the premises of Tinubu magistrate, Lagos to say the least is the most shocking turn of event in an over five months trial over a trumped up charge.
“In vindication of my clients innocence, the police prosecution this morning informed the court of his intention to discontinue the forgery charge against my client. Accordingly, the presiding magistrate, Mrs Kikelomo Ayeye struct out the charges and discharged him.
“Just as my client was stepping outside the court, officials of the EFCC invited him and took him to their office.
“At the EFCC office, we were confronted with a petition written by same Mrs Adeosun who coincidentally is also the complainant in the forgery charge that was earlier struck out by the magistrate court.
“We presented the same submission we made before the police to the EFCC which is that the subject matter in the forgery allegation bothers on a pure business transaction which my client had with Mrs Adeosun.
“We showed the commission’s officials documents about the business transaction and agreements reached by parties in the business.
“The Efcc were shocked that these documents were never given to them where she received her payments.
“After reviewing our presentation, EFCC officials asked my against my client to go home and come back another day to have interview with the petitioner.
“According to Mr Ubani the allegation is baseless, fallacious and full of lies. My client was immediately cleared to go home.
“The fact remains that Uche Ogah has been cleared of any allegation of forgery.
“The police has seen the fact, the court delivered its verdict and the EFCC has also taken the appropriate action by releasing him after he was wrongfully invited.
“We are not unaware of the political maneuvering aimed at ensuring that my client’s hard-earned reputation is dented by every means possible.
“However, our confidence in the judiciary and the ability of our law enforcement official remains unwavering knowing that they will do the right thing at all times.
“Politicians in Abia behind this have failed completely and shamelessly.”
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