From Jonas Ike, Abuja
A probe panel of the House of Representatives investigating alleged forgery of N630 million loan documents of Whiteplains British School Abuja which opened up hearing into the matter on Thursday has given both the First Bank of Nigeria Plc FBN, Central Bank of Nigeria CBN and other parties allegedly involved in the forgery seven days to provide necessary documents to it.
Chairman of the House Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem Abonta said that all parties in the dispute over the loan upon which the school was built should avail the Committee of all necessary documents that will unravel the truth to it.
He said that said that shutting down the school and doing nothing there because of the dispute over loan used for building it is harmful to the economy of the country.
The lawmaker who also frowned at the appeal filed by the parties in the dispute at the law court said: “i want all documents here, not to sit on appeal”.
He hinted that there are several law suits with different suit numbers on the matter before the House Committee.
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Some top echelon staff of the First Bank of Nigeria CBN, Central Bank of Nigeria CBN and and the Administrator of Whiteplains British School who were present at the hearing could not provide the relevant documents requested by the committee to unravel the truth behind the matter.
In a petition dated November 26, 2018 and signed by the school’s administrator Dr. Francis Nwufoh, the petitioner avowed that the First Bank used forged documents to seal the school over a loan yet to expire.
The petitioner further said that the First Bank staffers who allegedly forged the loan documents in disuputed school came and started erecting fences on the gate of the
While testifying before the committee, Mrs Frances Lucius Ibeh who said she sold the disputed land in which the school was built to Dr. Nwufoh added that she endorsed the tripartite agreement on it.
She further said that she will ask the Solicitor that signed the documents to produce the relevant documents that were signed over the disputed land in which the school is situated.
The Committee helmsman and other members notably Hon. Simon Arabo (Kaduna, PDP) therefore resolved that all the parties invited at the investigative hearing should avail the committee of all necessary documents in the dispute over the loan in less than seven (7) days.
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