A witness for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abu Sule has said that he helped former Imo State Governor, Ikedi Ohakim to purchase a $2.29 million mansion in Asokoro, Abuja in November 2008.
‘Former governor gave me $2M cash to buy him a mansion in Abuja,’ EFCC witness says
Sule stated further that Ohakim gave him the money in cash and ordered him to buy the house in the name of his (Sule’s) company, Tweenex Consociates H.D. Ltd.
Sule stated further that Ohakim gave him the money in cash and ordered him to buy the house in the name of his (Sule’s) company, Tweenex Consociates H.D. Ltd, Punch reports.
The witness made the disclosure while giving his testimony before the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday, December 7, 2015.
“Before November 2008, he requested that I buy him a house in Asokoro. When we found one for him at 60, Kwame Nkrumah Street in Asokoro, we told him and he trusted my judgment on it. I told him the price was N270m and he provided me with the money about $2.29m or thereabout in cash,” Sule said.
“I collected the money from him at the Imo State Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro at night. The money was in cash in one tranche and he said that I should use it to pay for the house at 60, Kwame Nkrumah Street, Asokoro.
“The following day, I called Alhaji Muktari Isa Maidabino, then we met at Unity Bank, Maitama. Alhaji Muktari Maidabino said he had loan with the bank, so he offset the loan and retrieved the documents. When I collected the title documents I informed Chief Ohakim so that he could give us the name we were to use for the deed of assignment and power of attorney.
“After a little delay, he said I should use my company name, Tweenex Consociates H.D. Ltd for the deed of assignment and power of attorney. We did as he said and I signed the sales of agreement and deed of assignment,” he added.
Ohakim is facing money laundering charges due to his alleged purchase of the stated property and failure to declare it as part of his assets.
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