Former Minister of Education, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba to arrest and prosecute popular blogger and social media influencer, Japheth Omojuwa, for alleged fraud.
In her petition forwarded by her legal representative firm, Falana and Falana Chambers, Ezekwesili claimed that Omojuwa has included her name in a fraud deal involving Alpha Reach Company Limited without her consent.
The ex-minister disclosed that she was not privy to it but only got to know about it after it became news and Buzzfeed, an American news outlet covering the story, contacted her.
Buzzfeed had reported that Alpha Reach ran a social media campaign for the release of an alleged fraudster, Alex Saab, who is wanted in the United States. The news medium further reported that Ezekwesili’s name was listed as a director in company documents filed at the Corporate Affairs Commission.
According to the co-founder of Transparency International, she immediately reached out to Omojuwa to confirm if he wrongly included her name as a director at Alpha Reach but he replied in the negative.
But to the contrary, Omojuwa had in an open letter addressed to Ezekwesili on Tuesday said he obtained her permission before listing her as a director.
Ezekwesili has now taken up the case to the IGP, attaching in hee petition evidence of communication she had with Omojuwa about the matter.
The petition read in part, “It is our brief that our client promptly contacted Japheth Omojuwa to confirm whether he forged her signature and other incorporation documents and processes but he informed her that the Alpha Reach Company Limited is his company and that she is not involved in it at all.
“Japheth Omojuwa never sought for her consent and /or participation in incorporating any company whatsoever and for any purpose whatsoever. The said Japheth Omojuwa neither sought for nor obtained requisite incorporation documents and information the CAC would require in processing the registration i.e the particulars of directors, share numbers, signature of directors, means of identification of directors and address etc.
“Our client reiterates for emphasis that she never filled or signed the statutory consent of first directors of Alpha Reach Company Limited in 2012 and or at anytime whatsoever.”
“Please find attached the referenced communication between our client and Mr. Japheth Omojuwa.”