A pro-transparency group under the umbrella of Coalition of Public Interest Lawyers and Advocate, has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to act quickly on a petition of alleged forgery against the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah, in the interest of Justice and fair play.
According to a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday by the Group, the petition against the Minister was submitted to the EFCC on February 24, 2019 and a reminder to that effect was submitted on May 19, this year, adding that no action has been taken on it since then.
It stated that one Bridget Adeosun, Managing Director of Mut-Hass Petroleum Limited, had written and submitted a petition to the anti-corruption agency, where she alleged that Ogah forged her signature on a document to validate a non-existence Memorandum of Understanding between his company, Master Energy Oil and Gas and Mut-Hass Petroleum Limited, sometime in 2011.
However, acting as solicitors to the pro-transparency, Pelumi Olajengbesi & Co Law Corridor demanded that the case against Ogah be revisited and revised for immediate action.
In the letter to the EFCC, signed by Pelumi Olajengbesi, Principal Partner, the law firm demanded: “That the EFCC invites Mr Ogah and Mrs Adeosun, the petitioner for proper probe and prosecution.
“That the EFCC must shun the implicit duress of Mr. Ogah’s political connection and office and should act in the interest of equity, fairness and justice in this matter forthwith.
“That in keeping with its dissemination of information to the public, the conclusion of the EFCC’s investigation must be made known to the public for the avoidance of suspicion that the matter may be muddled up again.”