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Ex Governor Ohakim bought Abuja Property with $2.29 in “Ghana Must Go Bags”-witness
Former Governor Ikedi Ohakim in EFCC soup

Ex Governor Ohakim bought Abuja Property with $2.29 in “Ghana Must Go Bags”-witness

It was revealed on Wednesday, May 4, during the ongoing trial of former Governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim, that he paid a certain Abu Sule, ‘$2.29m cash in a Ghana-Must-Go bag’ to purchase a property in Asokoro, Abuja.

The EFCC is prosecuting Ohakim who was Imo State governor between 2007 and 2011 on three counts of money laundering.

Sule, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s second prosecution witness in Ohakim’s trial, made this disclosure while being cross-examined by the former governor’s lead counsel, Awa Kalu (SAN).

The witness said the amount was an equivalent of N270m, from Ohakim in $100 bills at night sometimes in November 2008 and handed it over to the then owner of the property, Alhaji Isah Maidabino, the next day.

Sule said he kept the money in the boot of his car overnight before handing it over to Maidabino, now a director in the office of the Head of Service of the Federation.

“The money ($2.29m) was given to me by the defendant. It was given to me in a ‘Ghana-Must-Go’ bag and that was how I transported it. It was in $100 bills. I didn’t count the money and he (Ohakim) didn’t request for counting because we trusted each other. But I counted it along with Alhaji Maidabino.”

“I did not issue a receipt because a receipt was not demanded. I was sent on an errand and I delivered it. I carried the money to a bank in Maitama in Unity Bank. I handed over the money to Alhaji Maidabino at Unity Bank.”

“Alhaji Maidabino issued deed of assignment and sale agreement to me. He did not acknowledge the receipt of the sum in writing.”

“I didn’t pay the money into any account. I didn’t see Alhaji Maidabino pay that sum into any account. I did not witness any transaction.”

“What Alhaji did with the money, I don’t know. But he handed over the title documents of the property to me.”

“I gave the money to him (Maidabino) and he gave me the title documents. He signed the sales agreement and I believe that was a good rece

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