By Joyce Remi-Babayeju
The Whiteplains British Schools Limited, has called on the Ministry of Justice and Office of the Attorney General of the Federation to quickly intervene, continue the investigation and bring to book the First Bank Nigeria, it’s managing director and three others over an alleged case of forgery of Tripartite documents and criminal breach of trust.
In a press briefing in Abuja, the Whiteplains British School, Chief Executive Director , Dr. Francis Chukwuwuma Nwufoh said,” l urge the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and the Ministry of Justice to continue the good work in the Court so that First Bank will be brought to book.”
He said that the First Bank Nigeria had allegedly forged the Tripartite Legal Documents without his consent as the proprietor of the school, with the believe that the fraud is done with the intent and purpose to dispossess him of his property.
Nwufoh said that although the school is happy with the Justice ministry for charging all accused to the FCT High Court before Justice Jude Onwuegbuzie but lamented that all accused comprising the First Bank Nigeria Managing Director and three others arraigned on the 27th April , 2023 , did not appear in Court, adding that due to their absence, the Court fixed 8th May , 2023.
He also lamented that instead of continuing the case in the Court, the Director of Public Persecution, DPP , interrupted procedures and asked that the case be discontinued.
He said, “While we were expecting the defendants to be prosecuted, the Director of Public Prosecution,.DPP, intervened and applied that his office has asked for further investigation that the matter should be discontinued.”
In appeal for intervention and justice, Dr Nwufoh , called on the justice ministry not to discontinue the suit, but to take an adjournment for a period as the facts of the matter are handy and can be provided at all times.
The Whiteplans School also emphatically called on the Ministry of Justice not to discontinue the matter but to proceed with the suit because they have all legal documents, and facts on the matter are available and shall be provided at all times.
Dr. Francis said, ” I proudly volunteer to provide all relevant information to the DPP or any other panel set up to further investigate the heinous crime committed by First Bank against Whiteplains British School.”
According to the complainant , the Inspector General of the Federal Investigation Bureau IG- FBl . has also investigated the forgery case but when the First bank Officers were instructed to bring the original Tripartite Legal Documents for forensic analysis they refused vehemently .
The First Bank Nigeria directors could not identify their directors who signed the Tripartite documents, claiming they signatures were alien to them.
The school complained that while staff of Whiteplain’s officially submitted their signatures for forensic analysis, First bank for more than two years refused to sign anything or bring the original documents for the forensics.
Inspector General of Police, IG(LR), and and the National. Assembly after careful hearing of the matter from concerned people had found First Bank culpable of the offense.
I urge the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice to continue the good.work.by allowing the matter to continue in the Court so that First Bank will be brought to book, Dr. Nwufoh appealed.