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Justice Mohammed Liman of the Federal High Court sitting in Port- Harcourt, Rivers State on Thursday, May 5, 2016 admitted two exhibits against Stanley Emesibe, who is standing trial on a 3-count charge bordering on false information and forgery preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

At the resumed hearing of the matter on Wednesday, principal prosecution witness in the matter, Orji Chukwu, led in evidence by counsel to EFCC, O. B. Akinsola, told the court that, Emesibe forged a document of a Zenith Bank Cheque of N1.6million (one million, six hundred thousand naira).

He further testified that the suspect wrote a petition against David Wudee alleging that the sum of N1.6million was released to him as a loan to execute a contract with Starex Refinery Company Limited and that he failed to return the money to him.

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The petition he wrote to the EFCC was shown to him and his counsel, E. E. Amadi, and was admitted as exhibit ‘A’.  His statement at the EFCC’s office and the photo copy of a dud cheque were also tendered and admitted as exhibit ‘B’.

Emesibe ran into trouble when he petitioned the EFCC that one Daivd Wudee borrowed the sum of N1.6million from him, to enable him execute a contract. They entered into an agreement and Wudee offered him an undated cheque in the sum of N1.6million. However, he later paid him the sum of N1,465,000.00 (one million, four hundred and sixty five thousand naira).  Emesibe, in an attempt to ‘play smart’ on Wudee later dated the cheque earlier written by Wuddee and presented it to the bank. The cheque was returned and he petitioned the EFCC that Wudee offered him a dud cheque.

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Investigations by the EFCC un-covered the fraudulent moves of Emesibe and was he arrested and arraigned before the court.

Count one of the charge reads:

“That you, Stanley Emesible on or about 9th of March, 2009 at Port Harcourt, Rivers State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court made a forged document to wit: a Zenith Bank Cheque number 19001109 dated 9th March, 2009 purportedly drawn by David Dum Wudee to you, knowing it to be false, and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(2)(a) of the Miscellaneous Offence Act Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under section 1(2) of the same Act.

Justice Mohammed Liman adjourned the matter to June 8, 2016 for continuation of trial.


Wilson Uwujaren

Head, Media & Publicity

5th May, 2016

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