Edo State Deputy Gov, Pius Odubu’s brother, Mr. Joseph Ovbokhan Odubu, obtained N9.3m worth of a bank loan using forged document, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Mr. Odubu and his company, Even Handed Services Limited, were on Monday arraigned before Justice P. I. Ajoku of the Federal High Court, sitting in Benin, Edo State on a 3-count charge bordering on forgery, and obtaining money by false presence to the tune of N 9.3m.
The defendants were alleged to have used forged documents to obtain a loan facility worth N 9.3 million on September 5, 2014 from First Bank Plc to facilitate the supply of chairs and desks in Edo State.
“That you Odubu Joseph Ovbokhan and Even Handed Services Limited on or about the 9th day of September, 2014 in Benin within the Jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, with intent to defraud obtained the sum of (N9,360,000.00) Nine Million Three Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira in credit from First Bank of Nigeria Limited, by deceitfully presenting a letter of domiciliation which you used as a farce and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable by Section 1(3) of the same law.” the charge reads.
It reads further: “that you Odubu Joseph Ovbokhan and Even Handed Services Limited on or about the 12th day of May, 2015 in Benin within the Jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, with intent to defraud and to facilitate fraud, forged a document captioned ‘REQUEST FOR CONFIRMATION OF JOB COMPLETION TO OUR BANKERS (FIRST BANK, BENIN MISSION ROAD, BRANCH’ purporting that the said document was received by Edo State Oil and Gas Producing-Areas Development Commission, with intent that it may be acted upon as genuine, a pretext which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(2)(c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M17 of the Revised Edition (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) Act, 2007 and punishable under Section 1(2) of the same Act.”
Mr. Odubu however pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Justice Ajoku ordered his remand and adjourned the case to November 22, 2016.