Akwa Ibom: Report clears Nsima Ekere, others of N118m fraud 

A police investigation report has cleared a former deputy governor of Akwa Ibom state, Mr Nsima Ekere of allegations of N118 million fraud leveled against him by Akwa Savings & Loans Limited.

This was contained in the Certified True Copy of the police investigation report signed by an Assistant Commissioner of Police from the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Ibrahim Abdul, and sighted by our correspondent in Uyo, Thursday.

The Akwa Savings & Loans Limited through one Mr. Abasiama Idong had petitioned Ekere, Messrs Techsel Products Limited, Mr. Idorenyin Udo Ekere, Dr. Aniekan Udo Ekere, and Utibe Idorenyin Ekere, alleging that they conspired and defrauded Akwa Savings & Loans Limited to the tune of N118 million between 2011 and 2014.

The case was also tabled before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The report stated that the alleged missing of N118 million against Mr. Nsima Ekere was a request made by Lossela Nigeria Limited out of its deposit of two million, five hundred thousand US Dollars in Akwa Savings & Loans Limited, which was approved by the then Managing Director, Mr. Effiong Akwa Okon with full knowledge that Lossela Limited had more than enough to accommodate the transaction. 

It stated: “Mr. Nsima Ekere did not authorize any payment nor close any Akwa Ibom State Government account with Akwa Saving and Loans Ltd as he had no role to play in the bank.

“Lossela Nigeria Limited has a business relationship with Techsel Products Ltd.

“That Lossela Nigeria Limited deposited $2,500,000 US Dollars with Akwa Savings and Loans Limited. That the money was transferred through Sterling Bank where Lossela maintained a domiciliary account. 

“That Lossela Nigeria Limited sometimes in 2013 requested for the payment of one hundred million naira (N100, 000, 000) only from their US Dollars deposit with Akwa Savings and Loans Limited. That the money was credited into Techsel Products Ltd account with Akwa Savings and Loan Ltd based on a written instruction from Lossela Nigeria Ltd. 

“That there was no visible illegal transaction between the suspects, “Techsel Products Nigeria Ltd and Lossela Nigeria Ltd, as alleged. 

“That the petition is a calculated attempt to smear and ridicule the political ambition of Mr. Nsima Ekere, who is also a former MD of NDDC,” it said. 

While further speaking on the matter, the police noted that based on the facts gathered in their findings, a prima-facie case of conspiracy, forgery and stealing cannot be established against Mr. Nsima Ekere, Messrs Techsel Products Limited, Mr. Idorenyin Udo Ekere and Dr. Aniekan Udo Ekere, as alleged.

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