A Lagos High Court, Igbosere, on Wednesday heard how a self-acclaimed archbishop, John Okeke, allegedly forged documents and sold a land worth N54 million belonging to a firm, Immortal Impex Limited.
Okeke, who is facing trial before Justice Aishat Opesanwo, according to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), forged the letterhead of the company to facilitate the deal.
The prosecution witness, Nurudeen Bello, said the commission had waded into the matter following a petition by a director of the firm, Moses Okafor.
Bello said EFCC’s investigations revealed that Okeke was the author of an allegedly forged letter requesting the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) to change the ownership of Plot H1, Festac Town, Lagos to the Motorcycle Spare Parts Dealers Association. Bello further said that the defendant in the cause of questioning, claimed he had an understanding with the complainant to write the letter.
He told the court that Okeke had claimed he had a verbal agreement with Okafor to use the name of Immortal Impex Limited to get the land allocation from the FHA.
“An official of the Federal Housing Authority was invited by the EFCC and he presented a land allocation letter; request for change of ownership and a deed of assignment.
“The defendant admitted that he authored the request for change of ownership signed by Okafor and another director of Immortal Impex Limited, as well as the deed of assignment between the company and the Motorcycle and Spare Parts Dealers Association.
“While EFCC investigation revealed that Okafor was the one who received the letter of land allocation from the Federal Housing Authority, Okafor claimed that he authorised the cleric to get the document on his behalf as he was travelling out of the country,” said Bello.