October 10, 2016
EFCC Arrests Uche Ogah In Lagos Court Premises
Ogah, who was declared winner of the last governorship election in Abia State, was arrested as soon as he stepped out of the court after forgery charges filed against him by Police were withdrawn.
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 SFU,” Obiazi said.
The charges were consequently struck out by the court.
But as soon as Ogah stepped out of the court room, he was arrested by the waiting EFCC operatives who drove him away in their van.
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, and that others would also be invited.
Other defendants in the charge which the Police withdrew against Ogah were his company, Masters Energy Oil and Gas Limited; and an ex-employee of United Bank for Africa, Deji Somoye.
The defendants 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.
According to SR, Ogah and some persons still at large were alleged to have forged the signature of one Mrs. Bridget Adeosun.