Former Imo Governor, Ohakim Denies Purchasing Property

Former Imo State Governor, Ikedi Ohakim, Wednesday, told Justice Adeniyi Ademola of a Federal High Court, Abuja, that he never used any proxy to purchase property in Abuja.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Ohakin on charges of money laundering to the tune of N270m and false assets declaration.
At the resumed proceedings Wednesday, Ohakim who testified as defence witness said he didn’t send anyone to buy a house for him.
The former Governor, who was led in evidence-in-chief by his counsel, Professor Awa Kalu, denied using one Abu Sule, as proxy to acquire a N270m home in Abuja.
“I never used anyone as proxy to acquire a property; I never pressured him to buy a property for me in his (witness) name and I did not provide him with any cash” Ohakim said.
Abu Sule, a Managing Director, with Tweeenex Consociate H.D had earlier testified that he bought the house for the former Governor.
He had told the court while testifying as a prosecution witness that the defendant had in 2012, requested his company to find a house for him to buy which they eventually got at No. 60, Kwame Nkrumah Street, Asokoro, Abuja.
He told the court that the property was valued at $2.29m which was about N270m as at that time.
However, Ohakim who denied the allegations Wednesday said, “I did not engage in any dollar transaction with anyone to purchase properties for me.
“There was no point in time that I invited any Sule to my residence and I never gave out money to him in ‘Ghana must go’ bags. I never conspired with anybody to steal or launder money for me” he said.
The former Imo State Governor who also denied concealing information about his assets in his assets declaration form said, his assets declaration forms as at the time he filled them were properly documented.
“I did not hide any information, I did not conceal any of my properties in the course of filing my assets declaration forms; I couldn’t have declared properties which did not belong to me”, he added.
Meanwhile, the prosecution counsel Festus Okpe prayed the court for an adjournment to enable him prepare adequately to cross examine the witness.
The court in granting his request adjourned the matter to 23 and 25 October for continuation.
Ohakim served as Imo State Governor between 2007 and 2011, is being prosecuted on a three-count charge of money laundering and false asset declaration.
He is accused of purchasing a property at 60, Kwame Nkrumah Street, Plot No 1098, Cadastral Zone A04, Asokoro District, Abuja, with a cash payment of $2.29m.

Author: News Editor

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