- Folorunsho Alakija testified against three siblings who allegedly defrauded her
- She said they defrauded her foundation of N3 million
- Alakija explained how the siblings went about the process of defrauding the foundation
One of the richest women in the world, Folorunsho Alakija, has told a Lagos high court, Ikeja how three siblings, Vincent Ayewah, Florence Ayewah and Emmanuel Ayewah, and four others allegedly defrauded her foundation of N3 million.
Daily Independent reports that Onuwa David; Okoronkwo Chikadibia; Ehizibolo George, Chinyere Awanah were also named as defendants.
Alakija while being led in evidence by M.D. Aliu, the counsel to the Economic and financial Crimes Commission said she received a call from the treasurer of the foundation informing her that a cheque presented at a bank for payment by Florence Ayewah, a sister to Vincent Ayewah who works as a clerk/administrative officer of the foundation had an irregular signature and was rejected.
She explained that three persons were signatories to the account.
Alakija said: “Immediately I received the call, I rushed down to the office and met Vincent hurrying out. I stopped him and collected his phone from him. During interrogation it was discovered that he had deleted some incriminating messages on his phone, but he later admitted to the fraud and apologised.
“Thereafter, I went to EFCC’s office to lay complaints and also went back the next day to write complete statements.
“We received complaints from the beneficiaries that each time they received their cheques, he would run after them with lying to them that there was error in the cheque. He would collect it and tell them that once the error was corrected, he would return it but he never did.
“Vincent was employed as a clerk. He was given the administrative responsibility of writing cheques. It was his responsibility and that of the Projects Manager whom he reports to. They are to keep cheque books, on whose custody it was kept at a particular point of time, I do not know.”
Justice Hakeem Oshodi adjourned the matter till October 25 for continuation of trial.
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