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NIGERIA: ‘We were forced to implicate Atuche’

Former Managing Director of Bank PHB, Mr. Francis AtucheTwo bank officials arraigned alongside former Managing Director of Bank PHB, Mr. Francis Atuche, over allegation of forging a company’s board resolution, yesterday, told Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo of an Ikeja High Court, Lagos, that the controversial documents were found in the bank.

The two officials, Joachim Nnosiri and Uguru Onyike, arraigned with Atuche on a nine-count charge of forgery, conspiracy and use of forged board resolutions belonging to Futureview Securities Ltd., Tradjeck Ltd. and Extra Oil Ltd., claimed in the averment contained in their bail applications that they were forced to make a false statements against Atuche to secure their jobs.

In their separate affidavits in support of their summons for bail before Justice Onigbanjo, they claimed they agreed to change their statements “because of the promise by an official of the anti-crime agency, EFCC, to use us as a prosecution witness against Atuche.”

In the 10-paragraph affidavits deposed separately by the defendants dated March 26, they claimed through their lawyers that they were forced to say the documents were given to them by Atuche.

One of them, Joachim, in one of the affidavits, alleged that he was intimidated and threatened by the chief inspector of the bank, Mr. Waidi Gbadamosi, the chief security officer and other senior officers of the bank for insisting that the documents were found in their department.

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