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Ex-Imo Governor, Ohakim Arrested Over Alleged N500m Fraud



Ikedi Ohakim

Former Governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim was recently arrested for allegedly defrauding a businesswoman of over N500m.

The former governor, who has been granted bail is being accused of stealing over N500m from a business woman identified as Mrs Chinyere Amuchinwa.

Mrs Amuchinwa in a petition forwarded to the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and the Department of State Services, accused Ohakim of not only defrauding her but also obtaining money from her under false pretense.

Amuchinwa claims that she met the former governor in her hometown Arondizuogu, Imo State, at the funeral of Chief Raphael Obioha’s wife where the widower introduced her as an industrious and successful businesswoman.

She revealed that the former governor called her and requested to hold a meeting with her in Lagos.

Her petition, which was signed by her attorney, Mr Ifeanyichukwu Obasi-Nweze, read in parts: “At the meeting, Ikedi Ohakim told our client that he had land for sale; he showed our client a large expanse of land in Lagos-spanning from the Ikeja Airport to the filling station along Ikeja Airport road.”

“He purportedly made phone calls to the former Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Fashola, whom he claimed was negotiating to repurchase the land from him when he was governor of Imo State.”

“After showing the client the said land, Ikedi Ohakim started demanding money in bits from our client. On some of the days, Ikedi Ohakim pretended to be talking to somebody regarding funds he was expecting, only to revert to our client to request for more monies with a promise that once he concluded the sale of the land in question, he would reimburse our client.”

“On one of the occasions, Ikedi Ohakim pretended to be talking to somebody in Dubai about funds the person was to send to him; he then told the person to be careful because the authorities were monitoring funds from abroad.”

The petition states that at the end of the transaction, Amuchinwa allegedly released the total sum of N500 million in cash and goods to Ohakim.

However, the transaction fell through after Ohakim allegedly failed to provide the land in question.