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Anambra Commissioner Declared Wanted Over N10.6 million Fraud

The Anambra State commissioner for special duties, Vincent Ejikeme Ezewajiaku, has been declared wanted by the Special Fraud Unit, SFU, of the Force Criminal Investigation Department, for allegedly obtaining the sum of N10.6 million by false pretence and forgery.

According to the Unit’s spokesperson, Ngozi Insitume-Agu, the commissioner has been invited twice by to answer questions bothering on the allegation, but he failed to show up each time.

Insitume-Agu said the unit had received a petition from an undisclosed businessman, who alleged that sometime between 1996 and 2002, the commissioner who was then managing director of BIO Plastic limited, invited him to invest in his company as a co-director with an agreement that he (complainant) would acquire 34% of the equity at the end of investment.

She said the complainant in the petition claimed that he paid the sum of N10,582,540.00 in instalments, alleging that he was “induced by the commissioner to part with his hard earned money by writing several letters promising and indicating huge potentials of the company’s expected turnover and profitability”.

However, after making the payments and with promises unfulfilled, he discovered that he had invested in a non-existent company as the company was not registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC.

During the investigation, Insitume-Agu said some detectives from the unit travelled to Anambra State with an invitation letter which was duly served on the suspect.

“The suspect was expected to report to the office on April 16, 2013 but he failed to honour Police invitation.  Again on August 4, 2013, detectives went to Awka with a warrant of arrest and he resisted arrest and maintained that he must see the governor of the state or commissioner of Police,” she said.

Ezewajiaku was later taken to state CID where he made cautionary statement and was subsequently released on bail to one Obi Damian Okwudili who promised in writing to produce the suspect on August 15, 2013 but this did not happen.

The statement said the surety has been arrested and will soon be charged to court.

“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Special Fraud Unit has declared Vincent Ejikeme Ezewajiaku wanted. Anybody with useful information on how to arrest him or his whereabout, should contact the Commissioner of Police, Special Fraud Unit, 13 Milverton Road, Ikoyi, Lagos,” the unit’s spokesperson said.

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