A Fedetal High Court in Abuja was, Wednesday, told how the former Governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim, transferred $2.3m for the purchase of a high brow property in Abuja.
A witness, Abu Sule, who is an architect, told the court that the said money was given to him by Ohakim in $100 bills, packaged in a “Ghana must go bag”.
Sule made this revelation, Wednesday, and said that he took the money to Unity Bank, Maitama, where he handed it over to Muktar Maidabino, the owner of the property.
According to him, Maidabino issued a deed of consignment in place of a receipt.
He affirmed his earlier statement that the property was purchased in the name of his company, Tweenex Consociate Limited on the directive of the former Governor.
“Tweenex consociate limited is the registered owner of the property at number 60, Kwame Nkrumah Street Asokoro Abuja with AGIS,” Sule told the court.
Maidabino, who was in court on Wednesday as the third prosecution witness, confirmed dealing with Sule, but said he was meeting 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 former Governor is standing trial for alleged fraudulent practices and buying the property.