- Controversy is brewing over an allegation of forgery against social media influencer, Japheth Omojuwa
- Economic analyst and former minister, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili has petitioned Nigeria's police chief to investigate Omojuwa
- Ezekwesili, a former World Bank official, says Omojuwa used her name for fraudulent purposes by listing her as a director in his firm
A former minister of education and solid minerals, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has written a petition to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, demanding the prosecution of blogger and social media influencer, Japheth Omojuwa, for alleged fraud.
A copy of the petition was also shared by Ezekwesili, who is a former vice president of the World Bank Africa division, on her Twitter page on Friday, April 16.
“My lawyers, Falana & Falana are well-handling that matter. Strangely, Alpha Reach did not send the information requested on how it listed me at Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) as a director, without my consent.
“We have thus petitioned the Nigeria Police Force for a thorough investigation of the misrepresentation.”
In the petition, signed by one Marshal Abubakar of Falana and Falana chambers, Ezekwesili said Omojuwa fraudulently listed her name as a director in his firm, Alpha Reach Company Limited without her permission.
She stated that she only got to know of this when she was contacted by an American news outlet, Buzzfeed, over a story on Alpha Reach.
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 American news medium further reported that Ezekwesili’s name was listed as a director in company documents filed at the CAC.
In the petition, she informed the IGP that throughout the time she was fraudulently made a director in the company, no notice of meetings, annual returns, accounts, or board resolutions were issued to her.
She noted that her name was eventually removed in 2017 but no special notice of proposed removal was ever issued or served on her.
Legit.ng had reported that Omojuwa insisted that Ezekwesili was aware she was made a director in his company before she was removed.
He made this known via a letter dated Wednesday, April 14, which was written by his lawyer, Boonyameen Lawal of Babalakin & Co Legal Practitioners in response to a lawsuit filed against him by the former minister of education.
Recall that a policy advocacy group, Society for Watchdog on Non-Governmental Organization and Good Governance, recently called on the police to launch an immediate investigation into the case.
The group, in a press statement sent to Legit.ng on Monday, April 12 by its executive director, Bayo Orimolade said that it was wrong of Omojuwa to have listed Ezekwesili as a director in his company when the information was false.