The EFCC, on Monday October 17, 2016, arraigned one Joseph Ovbokhan Odubu and his company, Even Handed Services Limited before Justice P. I. Ajoku of the Federal High Court, sitting in Benin, Edo State on a 3-count charge bordering on forgery, uttering and obtaining money by false presence to the tune of Nine Million Three Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira (N9, 360,000.00).
Joseph, is a brother to the deputy governor Edo State, Pius Odubu, and also the Managing Director of Even Handed Services Limited, he allegedly used forged documents to obtain a loan facility of Nine Million Three hundred and sixty thousand naira (N9,360,000.00) on September 5, 2014 from First Bank Plc to facilitate the supply of chairs and desks in Edo State.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.
In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, C. A. Okoli asked the court to fix a date for the commencement of trial and that the accused person be remanded in prison custody. However, counsel to the defendant, Osama Idehen made an oral application for bail which was refused by the court as she was asked to file a formal application.
Justice Ajoku adjourned the case to November 22, 2016 for trial and ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison custody.