A prosecution witness has given details on the alleged bribery and money laundering offences by former Gov. Ikedi Ohakim of Imo State on Monday at a Federal High Court, Abuja.
The witness, who introduced himself as Abu Sule, claimed that the ex-governor had forced him to work as a proxy to buy N270 million apartments in Abuja. The money for the house purchase was provided by Mr. Ohakim but the property was registered in Sule’s name.
In court the witness said: “My name is Abu Sule, I am the Managing Director of Tweenex Consortium HD Limited. The defendant, in 2012, requested us to find a house for him to buy and we eventually got one at No. 60, Kwame Nkrumah Street, Asokoro, Abuja. The property was valued at 2.29 million dollars which was about N270 million as at that time. He brought the money in dollars. He said that I should go and pay for the house. The following day, I called the owner of the house, one Alhaji Isah Maidabino, and we met at Unity Bank, Maitama. Maidabino collected the money and he gave me the original title documents. I informed Ohakim and he told us the name we should use in the Power of Attorney and the Deed of Assignment. He said I should use the name of my company for the Power of Attorney and the Deed of Assignment and I went ahead to do it because Ohakim has been my benefactor.”
Justice Adeniyi Ademola adjourned the trial till January 26, 2016 for the defendant’s lawyer, Awa Kalu (SAN), to cross examine the witness on the veracity of his testimonies. Besides, the judge granted the application of the defendant to travel abroad for medical treatment.
It would be recalled that Ohakim, who was the state’s governor between 2007 and 2011, was arrested by the EFCC operatives on June 18 at his residence in Asokoro, Abuja, after he failed to turn up as requested by the commission. Read more on NAN.