By Frank Oshanugor
There are indications that the wife of late billionaire kidnapper, Collins Ezenwa, who was also known as E-money, Mrs. Gifts Onyekere Ezenwa, is currently sponsoring a BBC documentary against embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, following roles the later played that led to the Court confiscating her late husband’s properties, which were proceed of kidnapping activities.
Securityreporters.com learned that Abba Kyari and his team rejected gratifications from, E-money’s wife and her lawyer, Justus Ijeoma, before approaching the Federal High Court Owerri, to have late kidnapper’s Properties forfeited to Federal Government.
It was also gathered that E-money was a police corporal serving at the Imo State Police Command in 2017 before he ventured into kidnapping and was eventually killed during a gun duel with some anti robbery policemen from Imo State in 2018.
Investigations conducted on his kidnapping for ransom activities revealed that he bought 13 buildings, located in choice areas within Enugu, Abia and Imo States, including a hotel valued at about N220million in Enugu State. They were discovered to have been purchased by the late billionaire kidnapper within the space of two years as he reportedly collected ransoms in US Dollars, just like Billionaire Kidnapper Evans, who is currently standing trial for high profile kidnappings and murder. He is detained in the Kirikiri Maximum Correctional Center Lagos.
E-money also bought 13 exotic vehicles including Jeeps and other Luxury cars, while the sum of N100million was found in a bank account belonging to his wife, within the same period.
Abba Kyari, who was the head of the Force Intelligence Response Team, (IRT) at that material time with his team was tracking E-money before his demise, over some of the kidnappings he coordinated.
Some of Ezenwa’s victims are still missing, after ransom was paid to him in millions of dollars. The police had gone after all the properties E-money acquired with the proceeds of his kidnapping activities and a court ordered a lean to be placed on the bank account housing the N100million found in E-money wife’s account.
Having confiscated these properties and notices were placed on them, indicating that they were subjects of investigation, the IRT then proceeded to the Federal High Owerri, 2018 and sorted for an order of the court, asking that Kidnapper E-money and his wife, should forfeit all the properties including the N100million to the Federal Government of Nigeria in a suite marked FHC/Ow/CS/180/2018 as they were proceed of kidnappings.
The court eventually granted the order of forfeiture in September 2019, but at the time the court granted the order, E-money’s wife and her lawyer, Justus Uche Ijeoma had spirited the N100million from her FCMB bank accounts. This was even while a lean was placed on the account as it was a subject of police investigation and the court process. The forfeiture order had been served on Gift Ezenwa and her lawyer Justus Ijeoma, putting them on notice that the N100million was also subject of the court process.
They were said to have left just N6,800 in the account and Gift Ezenwa transferred the sum of N10million from the proceed of the crimes to her lawyer Justus Ijeoma and fled Nigeria to the United Kingdom, with the remaining N90million and some other huge Foreign Currencies kept in their Enugu Mansion by the late Kidnapper E-Money.
While this was discovered, the IRT lawyer Uhumwanho Nosa Watson, approached The Federal High Court Owerri, and filed a nine count criminal Charge marked FHC/Ow/ 05c/2019 against Gift Ezenwa, and five others who helped her in pulling out the money from her accounts, leaving behind Justus Ijeoma, who also took N10million from the money.
While that was on, the IRT lawyer filed an Additional Proof of Evidence, on July 2021 before the Federal Court Owerri, on a Charge marked, FHC/OW/05C/ 2021 and Justus Ijeoma and the FCMB Bank PLC, were joined as defendants in the charge.
Following these developments, Gift Ezenwa and her lawyer, Justus Ijeoma vowed to drag Abba Kyari’s hard earned reputation to the mud using the media whenever an opportunity arises.