The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Thursday presented its first witness against Isaac Fayose, the younger brother to the immediate past governor of Ekiti State who is standing trial for advance fee fraud before Justice Binta Muhammad of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
At the resumed trial on Friday, Sept. 27, the prosecution counsel, Jude Obozuwa, presented Joe Onyiuke as witness. He told the court that he met Isaac Fayose sometime in 2009 and that he later visited him in his office and told him about a project he was about to start.
was working on classified assets as regional head. He took me to a
property and told me it was given to him by his mother-in-law. It was a
one storey building. He wanted to use it to fund a lounge or a
restaurant,” Onyiuke said.
According to the witness in a
statement issued by the EFCC, the property is located along Alex Ekwueme
Road, opposite Jabi Lake, Abuja and hosts two churches, one, located
upstairs and the other downstairs.
“The church upstairs was
moving out when we visited. He said the church downstairs belonged to
his personal friend and that he would allow him to stay there
temporarily. He told me it was a serious business that he wanted us to
do and we had to enter into agreement for the project.
released several amounts of money to him through one Samuel Ogala. But
considering how far we have gone in the deal, I asked him about his own
contribution. He gave me bogus figures and we agreed to appoint a
quantity surveyor at that point and he came back and told me that he was
no longer interested in the agreement,” the witness said.
told the court that there were evidences of the signed agreement
between them adding that the first agreement was a joint venture
“The agreement took care of all the funds he
collected from me through one Samuel Ogala. The rent was N8million
(Eight Million Naira) for two years, amounting to N16million (Sixteen
Million Naira) with a legal fee of N1.7million (One Million Seven
Hundred Thousand Naira), totaling N17.6million (Seventeen Million Six
Hundred Thousand). The agreement acknowledged the receipt of all the
funds. I raised an objection that Isaac has to tell me when the Redeemed
Christian Church of God will vacate the property and he told me that
they will leave in two weeks and I brought a plain sheet of paper and
asked him to write it down on paper,” he said.
further revealed that the Redeemed Christian Church of God did not
vacate the property, even after five months, prompting him to ask for
the refund of his expenses.
“I told Isaac that he has to refund
my money, which he didn’t. I put a call to him and he told me that he
was just released from police cell. It was then that I realized that I
was in trouble. He started threatening my life. I suffered so much
blackmail from Isaac from that moment.”
According to him, the
defendant went as far as writing the managing director of the bank where
he worked urging that he should be investigated on how he got
N17.6million he paid for the property.
He also stated that the
defendant wrote again to his bank, urging that his private life be
investigated on the allegation that he was having an affairs with his
wife (defendant’s wife).
“I cleared all the allegations he
leveled against me before my bank and showed them everything and the
bank gave me an option to beg Isaac to stop tarnishing the bank’s
image,” he added.
Lifestyle News reports that Justice Muhammad adjourned the case to October 16, 2019, for continuation of trial at the instance of the defence counsel, Pascal Ngwu.
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