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Lawyer denies petitioning EFCC over lawmaker

ABUJA—AN Abuja- based law firm, Ekhator, Ekhator has denied authorising any petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, against member representing Aniocha North Constituency in Delta State, Mr Victor Ochei.

In a statement made available to Vanguard, the law firm said its attention was drawn to an advertorial published in the Vanguard on 29 April 2010 and 9 May 2010 titled “Corrupt enrichment, non compliance to due process and relevant laws in contract awards by Hon Victor Ochie, member representing Aniocha North Constituency in Delta State House of Assembly, purportedly emanating from the firm but which actually was a forgery of the firm’s letterhead paper and the signature of the principal partner of the law firm.

In a disclaimer addressed to the chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission , Mr Douglas Ekhator of Ekhator, Ekhator and co said, “I must state it here categorically that I do not know Mr Victor Ochei. I have never investigated him, neither am I holding anybody’s brief against him. I have no interest whatsoever in the activities of Mr Victor Ochei or Delta State politics as a whole.”

While expressing displeasure at what he called “this criminal act against us”, he stressed that the law office of Ekhator, Ekhator and co was into strict law practice and urged the EFCC to ignore and discard the petition.


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