Alleged forgery: NBA to probe three members

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Aug 16th, 2014
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The Nigeria Bar Association has commenced a process to investigate allegations of forgery levelled against three of its members.

The probe was as a result of a petition written by Mr. John Haastrup, the first son of an Ilesa, Osun State-born industrialist and philanthropist, the late Captain Israel Ademola Gbadebo Haastrup.

John accused the three people, including two SANs, of ganging up to forge documents relating to the estate of his father in order to defraud the Haastrup family.

The outgoing President of the NBA, Mr. Okey Wali (SAN), confirmed the development yesterday in a telephone interview with The Nation. 

Wali said the NBA received a petition from Mr. Haastrup  and added that the association is currently working on it.

The NBA president said: “We have received the petition and we are currently conducting necessary investigations into it in line with the due process of the NBA,” adding that “the NBA would look into its merit and apply the appropriate sanction if the allegation is established against them.”

According to the petition, a copy of which is with The Nation, the people involved are two legal practitioners and a woman.

A source, who pleaded anonymity, said the three people named in the petition are said to be against the setting up of the committee to investigate the allegation.

 While dismissing John’s allegation, and describing it as false, wicked, scandalous and actionable, the three persons  said they would take appropriate action at the appropriate time.

 In the petition, John (50), the first son and first child of the late Haastrup gave the background of the petition to the NBA

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