Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has allegedly recovered a total sum of N15 million from former Aviation Minister, Mrs Kema Chikwe in an on-going investigation over business deals with her former partner, Mr Samuel Iheanacho.
The money was returned to Iheanacho by the Commission through a Zenith Bank draft no 02931770, bearing the address of the Bank’s Abuja branch, located at House 13, Plot 991, Maitama Zone 5.It was issued in favour of Iheanacho’s company, Catoline Engineering Services Limited.
The draft was packaged for delivery by the Commission in its official envelope marked CER/76/2007.
Chikwe was said to have lost her ambassadorial nomination following EFCC’s investigation into the controversial deal between her and Iheanacho. She, however, described Iheanacho as “a tool being used by her political detractors to stop her confirmation as an ambassador,” an allegation Iheanacho has debunked.
He said he initiated the actions to recover his monies and property allegedly in Chikwe’s and her son’s possession, following the breakdown of their partnership, long before the ambassadorial issue came up.
The petition that prompted the EFCC investigation was dated April 3, 2007, and sent to the Police, which was directed to the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 7, dated April 30, 2007, while the one sent to the National Security Adviser (NSA) and the Chief Economic Adviser to the President were dated September 10, 2007.
Iheanacho claimed that he wrote the recent petitions when his life was being allegedly threatened.
Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi of an Abuja High Court had also last Wednesday, ordered that the Police and the Chikwes should not harass, arrest, detain, assault, abduct, invade or threaten Iheanacho, pending determination of a fundamental human rights suit, which he filed over the crumbled business partnership.