…says DCP’s accuser, a fraudster
A contractor, Eddy Obinna, has stoutly risen in defence of the Head of the Inspector-General of Police (IG) Intelligence Response Team (IRT), DCP Abba Kyari, over alleged extortion. A businessman, Afeez Mojeed, had petitioned the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution for SARS Related Abuses, alleging that Kyari extorted him of N41 million in 2014. Obinna explained that Kyari’s accuser, Mojeed, allegedly defrauded him of N97 Million in 2014, when he wanted to procure some earth-moving equipment from his cousin, Yusuf Olatunji Balogun.
He said: “Balogun, who couldn’t deliver the equipment at the time it was needed, instructed his cousin, Mojeed, who was in possession of the money to transfer it back to me, but Mojeed disappeared with the money.” When Obinna and Balogun couldn’t reach Mojeed, the former petitioned the Lagos State Commissioner of Police over the matter. The matter was assigned to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, (SARS), which was then headed by Kyari.
The idea was for the unit to use its superior tracking prowess to locate Mojeed. “The operatives tracked and arrested Mojeed. He confessed to have taken my money. He also confessed to have spent it on buying property and cars. As at the time of his arrest, only N41.8 million was in his account. Mojeed transferred the N41.8 million to my account and the sum of N700,000 cash recovered in his possession by the police, all part of the N97 million, were handed over to me,” Obinna added. According to him, a Honda Accord car and building documents were confiscated from Mojeed and registered as exhibits by the police. He said: “The police succeeded in assisting me to recover N42.5 million out of the N97 million which Mojeed took from me. He has to balance me N54.5 million. The money was released to me and I signed some documents after receiving the money.
The matter was taken to the Magistrates’ Court 2, Ikeja and later High Court, Ikoyi, where I thought I would get justice and my balance.” Obinna said the matter dragged in court due to several adjournments, which frustrated him.
He said: “I went to court about five times. There were times I was in court and it wouldn’t be in session. I became frustrated. Moreover, my other businesses were suffering. Those businesses took me out of Nigeria.
When I returned, I was shocked to hear that the matter had been struck out, but the suspect wasn’t acquitted.” Reacting to a statement filed by Mojeed’s lawyer, Salawu Akingbolu, that Kyari extorted Mojeed N41.8 million in 2014, Obinna described the allegations as untrue. He said: “I was shocked when I read that Kyari extorted N41.8 million from Mojeed on a matter which I am the complainant.
Mojeed begged me several times for forgiveness after he was arrested. His cousin, Balogun, who paid my money into his account with instruction that he should transfer it to me, is still alive. “I’m ready to appear before the panel to state the facts. I won’t allow Mojeed and his lawyer to get away with this. I have a copy of his statement of account which