Anti-corruption War: How I Helped Ohakim Transfer $2.3 million – Witness
Former governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim transfered $2.3 million for the purchase of an expensive property in Abuja, a witness told a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday.
Mr Ohakim is standing trial for allegedly buying the property.
Premium Times reports that the witness, Abu Sule, an architect, said in 2015 he received the equivalent of N270 million in dollars from the former governor.
He said the money was given to him by Mr Ohakim, in $100 bills, packed in a “Ghana must go bag”.
According to Sule, he took the money to Unity Bank, Maitama, where he handed it over to Muktar Maidabino, the owner of the property.
He said the Ohakim instructed him to buy the property in the name of his company, Tweenex Consociate Limited, to prevent the possibility of ownership being traced to him.
“Tweenex consociate limited is the registered owner of the property at number 60, Kwame Nkrumah Street Asokoro Abuja with AGIS,” Sule told the court.
Muktar Maidabino, the owner of the property who was in court on Wednesday as the third prosecution witness, confirmed dealing with Mr Sule, but said he was meeting Mr Ohakim for the first time.
Maidabino said he wrote the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory to assign the property to Tweenex Ltd, after N177, 572.50 was paid as ground rent to the Abuja Geographical Information System (AGIS), in addition to N4, 129, 000 paid for title regularisation in November, 2008.
The case was adjourned till Thursday for further hearing.
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