OPINION: WHY SEN. IKECHUKWU OBIORAH, ADEWUMI OGUNSANYA MAY GO TO JAIL OVER DAILY TIMES

The Nigerian Police is currently investigating a case of criminal trespass,   forgery, impersonation, vandalism and theft initiated by the management of Daily Times against a former lawmaker, Sen. Ikechukwu Obiorah and the Chairman of DSTV in Nigeria, Adewumi Ogunsanya.

According to a petition written to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Idris Abubakar dated 31st January, 2018 and signed by Chairman, Folio Communications Ltd/DTN Publisher Mr. Fidelis Anosike, Ikechukwu forged document with which he changed directors of DTN at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).

The petition stated also that Ikechukwu Obiorah, having changed DTN file at CAC has been parading himself as the owner of the media organisation and subsequently used the documents to purchase a consent judgement from a Magistrate Court in Lagos with the intent to sell properties of DTN.

With the kangaroo consent judgement in hand, Ikechukwu Obiorah was alleged to have invited his friend and business associate Adewumi Ogunsanya to acquire DTN properties for which Ogunsanya is said to have already remitted N750million into the account of Senator Obiorah.

Ikechukwu Obiorah used a company called WIPARQUET Limited to constitute a legal case against himself while impersonating as the owner of DTN and then agreed through a “Settlement Agreement” to relinquish Daily Times properties worth over N9billion for debt of N3million to WIPARQUET

To execute the plans, three weeks ago, Ikechukwu Obiorah used the so called consent judgement to collude with a Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Hyacinth Dagala of Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID) and moved to DTN property at No. 15 Copper Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, forcefully evicted its legal tenant Mr. Patrick Oke and went ahead to demolish the property estimated at N3billion.

From Ikoyi, Ikechukwu, the Police Officers and the thugs working with them moved to Agidingbi headquarters of DTN where they equally chased away the tenants, demolished some properties and stationed some thugs to guard the place.

Earlier, to ensure that nobody was on ground to checkmate their illegal activities, DIG Dangala had sent some officers to Abuja and Lagos operational offices of DTN to arrest some management and line staff including the Publisher and Group Managing Director. They were detained while Obiorah and cohorts went about destroying DTN properties.

The Inspector General of Police Idris Abubakar was said to have expressed shock and disbelieve when he received the petition of the Anosike brothers, Fidelis and Noel over the impunity meted at them as well as attempt to forcefully take over their company DTN and its assets as the IGP was said not to be in the know of the Police action.

He therefore directed and withdrew all cases instituted by the Police against the Anosikes and DTN workers over the matter. He also directed full investigation of the roles played by DIG Dagala who is due for retirement in two months while charges are being prepared against Ikechukwu Obiorah and Adewumi Ogunsanya.

Written by Henrietta Ubaka Ezeh

 

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