The Anambra Commissioner for Special Duties, Vincent Ezenwajiaku, declared wanted by the Nigeria Police for fraud said he refused to honour the invitation of the Special Fraud Unit SFU for fear of being tortured.
Ezenwajiaku was accused of defrauding one Chuks Mgbemena of the sum of N10 million using an inexistent company.
The SFU of Nigerian Police in Lagos declared him wanted on September18 for refusing to honour its invitation.
The commissioner told newsmen in Awka on Monday that the fraud unit and the complainant, Mgbemena, were not after the money owed them.
“They want to arrest, detain and torture me and if possible maim me for life as a way of humiliating me,” he alleged, while restating that he only owed N6.5 million.
He reiterated that there was no truth in the report that he defrauded Mgbemena using an inexistent company.
The commissioner said Mgbemena ran the necessary checks on the company and found it to be duly registered before making the payment of a total sum of N8.2 million.
“The amount was for the acquisition of 34 per cent share in the company which he paid within three years. The allegation against me that I duped him with an inexistent company is not true. It is sheer fabrication and falsehood,” he said.
He reiterated that the company was duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission with registration number RC 278625 by a law firm A.C. Ezenduka and Co. in 1995.
“The certificate of incorporation is there and the law firm is still in existence till date,” he added.
The Commissioner said that the disputed company, Bio Plastic Manufacturing Limited, was a member of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN, while it existed.
He said that he had instituted a libel suit against the SFU and Mgbemena demanding N250 million for alleged defamation of his character.
It would be recalled that Ezenwajiaku was appointed commissioner in June 2012.