A star witness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Abu Sule, yesterday, narrated before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, how former governor of Imo state, Mr. Ikedi Ohakim, gave him $2.29millon stolen cash at night, to help him acquire a mansion in Abuja.
The witness, who testified as the PW-2 yesterday, told the court that he was the Managing Director of Tweenex Consciates Limited, a company the anti-graft agency insisted was used by the former governor to launder funds that were allegedly stolen from the Imo state treasury.
The witness narrated recounted on how Ohakim approached him, expressing his intention to buy a choice property in Abuja. The witness said he immediately embarked on a search mission, following which he discovered that a mansion situated at No. 60, Kwame Nkrumah Street, Asokoro , was put up for sale by the owner, one Alhaji Muktari Isah MaiDebino , for a price of N270million.
So he quickly informed Ohakim about the house and the price it was going for. Ohakim asked him to
come for the money. When he got there, Ohakim gave him the dollar equivalent of the money, which is $2.29M in cash.
The witness told the court that in a bid to conceal the real identity of the owner of the house, Ohakim, instructed that the property should be registered in the name of a company, Tweenex Consciates Limited.
The smart witness said he handed over the original copies of the whole transactions to the former governor, but kept the photocopies, which I'm sure will be helpful in time like this; Exhibit A.
Ohakim later parked into the house with family, but not after he persuaded the witness to prepare a tenancy agreement to make it look like he rented the mansion from Tweenex Consciates Limited.
This is broad day robbery! This man Ohakim should be locked up immediately!