The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has admitted that despite filing a bogus accusation bordering on fraud of over $ 8.5 million against Abia entrepreneur and philanthropist, Ikenna Kingsley-Onwuzuruike, popularly known as Nwanta Anayoeze, has no evidence to prove the concocted accusation.
The anti-corruption body, while testifying before a federal high court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, where it opened a case on the matter, claims it has received no formal petition anywhere against the defendant Mr. Kingsley -Onwuzuruike.
The EFCC said it acted alone based on the mere suspicion that the managing director (CEO) Nwata Anayoeze Oil and Gas Ltd is corrupt.
An EFCC witness Abbas Suleiman, who spoke under interrogation, said the commission suspected the defendant of the crime only on the basis of the statement obtained from his bank account.
The EFCC had dragged the defendant to court on an eight-count charge of advanced tax fraud, accusing him of cheating on an Egyptian man of over $ 6.5 million and another woman of $ 2 million despite not having a single piece of evidence to support the claim.
But Suleiman, who was solicited for evidence by the defendant’s attorney, Barr. Reuben Wanogor, said letters that the EFCC wrote to the embassies of Thailand and the United States of America during the investigation into the matter also elicited no response.
“We arrested Chief Ikenna Kingsley-Onwuzuruike just because we suspected his bank statement,” he said.
The trial judge, Justice AT Muhammad, after hearing the witness, adjourned the matter.
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