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Nigeria: EFCC drags two Lebanese to Court over Conspiracy, Forgery


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has dragged two Lebanese men before an Abuja High Court sitting at Maitama, Abuja by the over alleged 14-count charge of criminal conspiracy and forgery.

The Lebanese; Jihad Mohammad Ghraizi and Mohammad Jihad Ghraizi (father and son) who have been under the custody of EFCC and arraigned yesterday before Justice Sadiq Umar, denied the allegations. The first accused, Jihad Mohammad Ghraizi and second accused Mohammad Jihad Ghraizi were charged with 14 and nine count charge respectively.

In the allegations, the commission pursued that the first accused made a forged document, an Irrevocable Power Of Attorney dated December 27, 2009 claiming that the said document was made and donated to him by the complainant, Abdul Majeed Mohammad with the intention of causing the complainant to part with his 60 per cent shareholding in Madeni Construction Company Limited, thereby committed an offence contrary to section 363 and punishable under section 364 of the penal code cap 532, laws of the Federation of Nigeria (Abuja) 1990; that the first accused on July 11, 2008 in Abuja used as genuine, the said forged document, an Irrevocable Power Of Attorney dated December 27 , 2009; that the first accused on or about December 27, 2009, in Abuja fraudulently made a forged document, Letter Of Transfer Of Shares dated December 27, 2009 in his favour, claiming that the said document was written by the complainant, Abdul Majeed Mohammad to support his claim that the complainant donated a power of attorney to him with intention of causing the complainant to part with his 60 per cent shareholding in Madeni Construction Company Limited.

Others include; that the first accused used as genuine, the said forged Letter Of Transfer Of Shares; that the first and second accused on June 4, 2008, in Abuja, conspired between themselves to fraudulently make a forged document, Renewal of Expatriate Quota Positions dated June 4, 2008 in their favour to make it appear as if the same was made by the Ministry of Interior, Citizens and Business Department; that they also claimed that the same document was signed and issued by the Ministry of Interior, Citizens and Business Department, while knowing it to be a forged document; etc.

Following the denial of the charges by the suspects; counsel for the first and second accused, Sunday Ameh SAN who had earlier filed an application for bail said that the two accused were on EFCC administrative bail since Monday. “EFCC released them January 2009 when their statements were obtained. On June 24 (2010), they were invited to EFCC. They did not jump bail while on EFCC administrative bail. It is a clear demonstration that while on bail, they will attend proceedings. If released on bail, they would provide reasonable surety.”

In response to the application, counsel to the federal government, James Onu filed an 8 paragraph counter affidavit. However, presiding judge, Sadiq Umar reserved ruling on bail application to today being July 1, 2010.