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Federal Government Orders Probe Into First Bank’s Alleged Forgery Reported By British School

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LAGOS, Nigeria – The Whiteplains British School, WBS, has publicly praised the Federal Government’s decision to investigate allegations of forgery and criminal breach of trust against First Bank.

The bank stands accused of counterfeiting a tripartite legal mortgage agreement without the knowledge or consent of WBS.

In a media briefing held in Abuja on Saturday, May 13, 2023, Francis Nwufoh, CEO of WBS, expressed his approval of the steps taken by the Federal Ministry of Justice and the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF.

“We are encouraged by the actions of the justice ministry, which has appropriately charged all the accused and scheduled a hearing at the FCT High Court under the jurisdiction of Justice Jude Onwuegbuzie,” said Nwufoh.

The arraignment of the accused was initially slated for April 27, 2023, but due to their nonappearance, the hearing was rescheduled for May 8, 2023. However, in a surprising turn of events, the director for public prosecution requested a discontinuation of the case, citing the need for further investigation.

Nwufoh, expressing his support for the decision, stated, “While we were expecting the defendants to be docked, the director for public prosecution applied that his office has asked for further investigation, and that the matter should be discontinued. I applaud that move by the ministry.”

The WBS CEO, who claims to have first-hand knowledge of the entire episode, has offered to aid in the investigation.

“I proudly volunteer to provide relevant information to the DPP or any panel set up to further investigate the heinous crimes committed by First Bank against the Whiteplains British School,” Nwufoh asserted.

Nwufoh implored the Justice Ministry to continue the lawsuit by taking an adjournment, assuring that the facts of the case were readily available and could be provided at any time.

He further urged the office of the AGF and the Minister of Justice to persist in their efforts, allowing the case to progress in court so that First Bank could face justice.

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