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Prosecute Omojuwa over ‘identity fraud’, Ezekwesili petitions IGP

Technocrat Media Nigeria

ABUJA – Nigerian former education minister, Obiageli Ezekwesili has written to Usman Baba, the acting inspector-general of police, requesting the prosecution of Japheth Omojuwa, the founder of Alpha Reach, for identity fraud.

Omojuwa through his company and some other social media influencers were alleged to have been paid to tweet in favor and for the release of Saab, a Venezuelan envoy, accused of fraud. Ezekwesili was contacted by Buzzfeed News to explain her role as a director in Alpha Reach, a company owned by Omojuwa as the company was alleged to have participated in the social media campaign for the release of Saab.

Following the controversy over a social media campaign done for Alex Saab, an alleged money launderer, Ezekwesili has dissociated herself from the company owned by Omojuwa and also demanded that he should explained how he listed her as a director in the company without her consent and approval.

But Omojuwa denied any involvement in the campaign, explained that he got full consent’ from Ezekwesili based on their close relationship before listing her as a director in Alpha Reach Limited in 2012.

The three-page petition dated April 14, 2021, and signed by Marshal Abubakar of Falana and Falana chambers, titled: “Petition Against Mr Japheth Omojuwa for Forgery, Fraudulent Misrepresentation and Fraudulent Use of the Name, Identity and Particulars of Mrs. Obiageli Ezekwesili as a Director of Alpha Reach Limited RC No: 1066507”.

In the petition according to THECABLE, the minister said she was not consulted before being made a director in Alpha Reach.

Ezekwesili attached as evidence to the petition, communication between herself and Omojuwa wherein 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 petition read.

“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.

“The foregoing infractions amount to forgery, fraudulent misrepresentation, and egregious breach of extant provisions of the Penal Code Law, the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 and the Companies and Allied Matters Act, deserving of investigation and prosecution.”

“Whilst pledging our cooperation towards the just resolution of the instant matter, our faith in the capacity of the Nigeria Police force under your stellar leadership to cause an immediate, diligent and thorough investigation into this crime, aimed at getting to the root of this case and bringing the suspect to justice is resolute and unshaken.”

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