*How he and DSTV chairman got entangled in property frauds
*Defrauded Elumelu, Anambra State, his in-law too
Embattled Senator Ikechukwu Obiorah has escaped arrest by police officers dispatched by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim idris to effect his arrest at his residence in Asokoro, Abuja Thursday.
The IGP had ordered the arrest of the former Senator following his alleged fraudulent activities with his cohorts, Adewumi Ogunsanya ( the DSTV boss) over attempt at acquiring properties belonging to Daily Times and the illegal use of police action to arrest management staff of Folio Communication. The action of arson against Daily Times properties was part of the reason for the arrest order.
Senator Obiorah was allegedly tipped off by a mole within the IGP’s office of the arrest order. The police officers were already en route to his house to effect the arrest when Obiorah exited his house compound through the back gate on foot disguised as a woman, according to a source.
The IGP also ordered full investigation of DIG Hycent Dagala, ACP Njoku, SP Elizabeth Eze for their role in the illegal arrest and supervision of arson.
However, Senator Obiorah has been declared wanted.
How the friends got into the fraud: The two friends are the DSTV boss, Adewumi Ogunsanya and the former Senator representing the south district of Anambra State, Ikechukwu Obiorah. The duo may have engaged in more damning activities in their quest of acquiring prime real estate in highbrow areas of the country.
The duo of Senator Obiorah and Ogunsanya have found themselves an inseparable couple in a symbiotic partnership. This is as cash flow difficulties have befallen Senator Obiorah and has crippled the former Senator’s ability to continue payments on outstating loans and financial obligations. The situation have resulted in the former Senator’s inability to sustain his extravagant lifestyle. His palatial home located in Asokoro beside ECOWAS building in Abuja underwent foreclosure in 2017 – and is set to be repossessed by the banks over a bad loan worth N1.5billion.
The foreclosed mansion was erected during a short stay by the former Senator as the Chairman of Joint Allocation committee of LGA Funds in Anambra State during the Chris Ngige administration. Senator Ikechukwu Obiorah served as the boss overseeing the disbursement and management of LGA’s funds collected from the Federal Government.
How Chris Ngige was shortchanged: Sources close to the Ngige administration confirmed that Obiorah chaired the committee, indicated that Ikechukwu Obiorah allegedly made away with billions of Naira from the LGA. The source told www.gongnews.net that Ngige made the money available to Obiorah to use to erect the said mansion for Ngige. Unfortunate for Ngige, the election tribunal truncated Ngige’s tenure abruptly – before Ikechukwu Obiorah completed the said mansion. Senator Ikechukwu Obiorah held on to the mansion and took ownership. It became his as a result.
The criminal content: The DSTV boss, Adewumi Ogunsanya, is a director at the foreclosing bank. He is a part owner. He is also the personality brought in by Obiorah to illegally acquire properties belonging to Daily Times of Nigeria (DTN). Already, the DSTV boss has remitted N750million into the account of Senator Obiorah in reward for his efforts at selling off illegally acquired properties.
With the big money man handy, Senator Obiorah saw the opportunity to go after DTN properties, one after the other. Having achieved the illegality in getting an allegedly purchased Magistrate ruling from M. Olubi to acquire the DTN property at No. 15 Copper Road, Ikoyi on August 2017 Obiorah moved on to the next property.
Senator Obiorah utilised the same fraudulent method to grab on the next DTN property. This time it was the DTN headquarters located in the Agidingbi area of Ikeja, Lagos.
Impersonation: In the same manner he had presented one of his unknown companies [WIPARQUET Limited] to constitute a legal case against himself (impersonating as the owner of DTN) in the No. 15 Copper Road, Ikoyi property, he did against the property at DTN Headquarters.
He used WIPARQUET to sue himself alleging an unpaid debt of N3million. The case was presented at the Magistrate court in the Ikeja Magisterial Court at Court 12 Ikeja before Magistrate Mrs. A. O. Gbajumo under suit number MIK/3450/17. Before the Magistrate, Senator Obiorah pleaded for out of court settlement – where he willingly agreed to the handover of the DTN headquarters at Ikeja to WIPARQUET Limited. The Magistrate accepted the settlement terms and issued it as the court judgment.
The DTN headquarters is valued at over N2.8billion. In essence, the Senator agreed to handover DTN property worth over N2.8billion to clear N3million debt! Through this action, the Senator grabbed the N2.8billion property through the backdoor. Immediately, the Senator got the property, the DSTV boss, remitted another sum into the same bank – that had foreclosed the Senator’s home.
Days following the Magistrate action, Senator Obiorah and his partner began demolishing the DTN headquarters along with evicting the tenants (without notice) of the residence.
Unholy business dealings: Apparently, Senator Ikechukwu Obiorah had exhibited such traits in his past business dealings. Revelations from ongoing investigation confirm the former Senator to be fraudulent in business relationships.
One of his business agreements with Anambra State government dating back to the Mbadinuju administration (1999 – 2003). The contract agreement concerned the Anambra Liaison Office in Abuja. Specifically, the Anambra State Government had entered into a “Lease, Build, Manage, Operate and Transfer” agreement with Harlesden Engineering Limited owned by Senator Ikechukwu Obiora, to source own funds and complete the Anambra Liaison Office Building in Abuja. At the time of the agreement, the liaison office had already been 80% completed by Mr. Nwandu, an Enugu-based contractor.
After 14years of the contract award, Senator Obiorah in his characteristic nature, did nothing on the building – thus, allowing the building to become habitation grounds for settlers to camp within the uncompleted building – prompting the Federal Government to give an ultimatum to the government of Anambra State to immediately complete the building or have it pulled down. The project remains abandoned till date. And he has since seized the property – denying Anambra State government access to the facility.
Other revelations from ongoing investigations reveal that Senator Obiorah’s shenanigans followed him to the Senator Chambers when he was in active service as a Senator from 2007 to 2011. He chaired the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development. As the chairman, he was able to bring his trait to bear. He instituted an investigation of sales of Federal Government houses – of which he utilised to acquire properties from unsuspecting individuals.
His case against Tony Elumelu: Amongst the first of his actions was to pounce on the Elumelu Empire to block Tony Elumelu from developing a piece of real estate purchased by Tony Elumelu from the Federal Government at No 10 Rumens Road in Lagos. Tony Elumelu had purchased the land to use to erect a Lagos branch of Transcorp Hotel. Through fraudulent legal manoeuvring, Tony Elumelu, was not only denied the opportunity of erecting another world class hotel, he lost the property. He lost the property to Senator Obiorah. But Tony Elumelu had since fought back. The case remains pending in court as at the last time we checked.
How he defrauded his in-law: Available information also reveals that Senator Obiorah also defrauded his in law – Louis Carter Onwumelu, an Nnewi billionaire. Obiorah is married to the daughter of the brother to Louis Carter Onwumelu. He utilised his relationship to collect the sum of N4billion – supposedly to purchase real estate for his in law.
Louis Carter Onwumelu had wanted to invest the sum of N4billion into the real estate market. And, Senator Obiorah volunteered to search the markets and make the purchase. Onwumelu agreed and gave him the sum of N4billion. And, Senator Obiorah did as told and purchased the real estate.
True to form, Senator Obiorah refused to relinquish the property to his in-law. He claimed ownership. He held onto the property until it was sold by him. Following his sale of the property, he told his in law that he was willing to refund the N4billion. The in law was not happy. It quickly became a legal matter. It is presently pending in court.
Fake court judgments to rob victims: Our investigations uncovered what appears a criminal gang spearheaded by the former Senator and his friend, the Chairman of DSTV. Their mode of operation entails acquiring fraudulent court judgments against choice properties.
One of such brazen illegal acquisitions is a property located in the highbrow area of Ikoyi (No. 15 Copper Road, Ikoyi) in Lagos State. The property which belongs to Daily Times of Nigeria under the ownership of Folio Communications Limited and valued in excess of N1.5billion was duly acquired by Folio Communications Limited through BPE (Bureau of Public Enterprise) on 5th August, 2004.
Senator Ikechukwu Obiorah had been impersonating the owner of DTN (Daily Times of Nigeria) – and had previously made numerous failed attempts at taking over the ownership of DTN, have been instructed by the Courts to desist parading himself as the owner of DTN.
Having failed at overtaking the owners of DTN, Senator Obiorah hatched another plot to commandeer the properties belonging to DTN and to sell them off. The former Senator found a willing partner in the person of Adewumi Ogunsanya, the chairman of DSTV.
To achieve his plot, Senator Obiorah instituted a suit against himself – a fictitious suit. Posing as the owner of Daily Times of Nigeria, he sued the Daily Times of Nigeria using one of his unknown companies by the name WIPARQUET Limited.
Emmanuel Ekwurundu served as counsel for Daily Times of Nigeria while Rowland Kalu served as counsel for WIPARQUET. The suit was brought at the Magistrate Court of Lagos at Ikoyi on August 2017. Mr. M. O. Olubi served as the Magistrate.
The clamant [WIPARQUET], according to the fictitious suit, sued Daily Times of Nigeria for a debt of N3million.
And in a manner depicting the criminality in Senator Ikechukwu Obiorah’s plot, he stood in for Daily Times of Nigeria and willingly told the court he was willing to forfeit the Daily Times of Nigeria property at No. 15 Copper Road, Ikoyi to WIPARQUET Limited. The supposed two parties agreed on out of court settlement – where the N1.5billion property was handed over to WIPARQUET to cover the debt of N3million.
Arresting the real owners by intimidation: In essence, Ikechukwu Obiorah got the Magistrate court to hand the property to him.
Shortly following the court settlement, Senator Ikechukwu Obiorah brought in the big money man, the Chairman of DSTV, Adewumi Ogunsanya – who then remitted the sum of N750million into the Bank account of Senator Ikechukwu Obiorah at Heritage Bank. The money is payment for the said property.
Adding muster to already odorised situation, Senator Obiorah upped the garnet. Using purchased warrants gotten from the corrupt court officers, he moved to arrest and detain the owners of Daily Times of Nigeria – to intimidation and silencing.
On 19th January 19, 2018, Senator Obiora invaded Daily Times Head office in Agidingbi in Lagos with six riot policemen abducting five DTN officials and carting away computers.
Specifically, Obiora arrived the premises of Daily Times Nigeria armed with six riot policemen wearing the SARS tag with bulletproof vests along with armed hoodlums at the Agidingbi Ikeja Office at about 9am on the 19th January. The abducted workers included, the administrative officer, an accountant and two graphic designers. They were taken to an unknown location.
This was followed by a hair raising arrest of the management staff of Folio Communication Limited – Fidelis Anosike and Noel Anosike. The two were taken to a police station in the remote area in the Federal Capital Territory – where they were detained and made to spend the night at the police precinct.
As morning came, the duo were taking to a Magistrate court in Mpape – where a Magistrate, Azubuike Ukagu, renowned for his nefarious activities quickly remanded the duo to Kuje prison – for a case already tagged a civil case by the Inspector General of Police. The supposed prosecutor, ACP Njoku was driven to the Magistrate court by Senator Ikechukwu Obiorah.
Senator Obiorah along with Adewumi Ogunsanya have since demolished the Ikoyi structure. Adewumi Ogunsanya is expected to complete the payment of the remaining N850million to Senator Obiorah.
IG of Police now on the matter for justice’s sake: Already, the office of the Inspector General of Police is reported to have launched an inquiry into the illegal arrest of the staff of Folio Communication – with the intention to fish out the police officer who may have connived with Senator Obiorah.
It is most likely the need to get to the root of these web of intrigues that led to the order for the arrest of the Senator. Some folks close to the Senator squealed to him and helped him to escape being arrested. Now, that he has been declared wanted, the question is how far can he and his friend go before being arrested.