The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arraigned Joseph Odubu and his company, Even Handed Services Limited in a Federal High Court, Benin.

This was made known in a statement issued by the commission’s spokesman Mr Wilson Uwujaren.

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Odubu was arraigned on a three-count charge bordering on forgery, uttering, and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of over N9.3 million

The EFCC´s spokesman said Odubu, a brother to the Deputy Governor of Edo, Mr Pius Odubu, is also the Managing Director of Even Handed Services Limited.

Accused of forging documents

He stated that the accused used forged documents to obtain a loan facility of N9,36 million on Sept. 5, 2014.

That, according to the statement, was from a first generation bank which was used to facilitate the supply of chairs and desks in Edo State.

The statement added that Odubu forged a document which he claimed was received by Edo State Oil and Gas Producing-Areas Development Commission.

Citing the provisions

The commission noted that the offence contravened section 1(2) (c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M17 of the Revised Edition Act, 2007 and punishable under section 1(2) of the same Act.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Prosecuting counsel, C. A. Okoli, applied for the date of commencement of trial and that the accused be remanded in prison.

Odubu’s counsel, Osama Idehen, applied his client’s bail and the court refused it, remanded the accused in prison and adjourned the case till Nov. 22.m.