From Jonas Ike, Abuja
Two senior lawyers that are solicitors to First Bank Nigeria Plc and Whiteplain British School Abuja Chief Bola Olotu Esq and Chief Mike Ozekohme SAN who represented both parties at the resumed sitting of the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions probing alleged forgery of N630 million loan documents disagreed and disparaged each other on the matter on Tuesday in Abuja.
Whereas Ozekohme said that the owner of the land that sold it to the administrator of Whiteplain British School did’nt sign any document as alleged by the First Bank team, Olotu maintained that the matter is as good as dead because the court had made a pronouncment which should be obeyed by all parties to it.
Ozekhohme said that the court judgement on the matter is being sidelined by parties in the dispute. He also said that the First Bank team had started erecting fences and other structures at the school premises in complete disregard to the court judgement on the matter.
The legal luminary appealed to the House Committee to ensure that it resolves the dispute in such a way that the school which currently has student enrolment does not suffer or even closed down due to the dispute over loan used in building it.
He hinted that it was Guarrantee Trust Bank Plc that initially provided the N11 milion that the administrator of the school requested before the bank approached the First Bank Plc for the disputed loan which the committee is probing.
However, the Director of Land of of the FCT who spoke for Abuja Geographic Information System AGIS Mr.Rahman Jibrin Abdullahi said that the plot of land located at plot 321 Cadastral Zone Dakibiyu District Jahi Abuja was allocated to France Lee Nigeria Limited in 2013.
He further told the committee that he is in possession of documents showing the list of directors of the company and that it was the company that sold it.
A member of the Committee Hon. Simon Arabo who stood in for the Chairman Hon. Uzoma Nkem Abonta however directed all the parties in the dispute to photocopy all the requested documents on it and give them to the Committee Secretariat for proper scrutiny.