A Lagos Chief Magistate’s Court, sitting at Tinubu area of the state yesterday struck out the forgery charge brought against the President of Masters Energy Oil and Gas Limited Uche Ogah and and an ex-employee of the United Bank for Africa, Deji Somoye.
The trial Magistrate, Mrs Kikelomo Ayeye struck out the charge after the police withdrew it.
The police had arraigned Ogah, Somoye, and Mut-Hass Petroleum Limited, were first arraigned before the court by the Special Fraud Unit of the Nigeria Police Force in June, 2016, on alleged offences bordering on conspiracy, forgery,
According to the police Ogah and his company were alleged to have something in august, 2011, forged the signature of one Mrs. Bridget Adeosun and a document known as MoU between Mut-Hass Petroleum Limited and Masters Energy Oil and Gas Limited, with an intent that it may be in any way used or acted upon as genuine.
While the former UBA employee, Deji Somoye and others still at large, were alleged to have sometime in August 2011, at the bank’s regional office, Palmgrove, failed to use all reasonable means to prevent the commission or the completion of the crime by the Ogah’s oil company.
At the resumed hearing of the matter on Monday, the Prosecutor, Henri Obasi, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), informed the court of Police intention to withdraw the charge against Ogah and others.
The prosecutor informed the court that the withdrawal of the charge against all the defendants was at the directives of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), and it was brought pursuant to section 73(1) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Laws of Lagos State, 2011.
Upon the submission of the prosecutor, the presiding Chief Magistate, Mrs. Kikelomo Ayeye, struck out all the charge, as well discharged all the defendants.
Ogah was however rearrested outside the court premises and whiskey away, immediately after the charge was struck out by security Operatives, who claimed to be from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC).
Through, he (Ogah and his wife), had boarded his G-Wagon Mercedes Sport Utility Van, by the security operatives insisted that the car be driven to their office.
The intervention of Ogah’s lawyer, Monday Ubani, could not stop the security operatives and Mobile Policemen from taken the oil magnet to the anti-graft agency office.
No reasons was given by the security operatives for the Ogah’s rearrested.