An Abuja High Court has vindicated the long-held place of Zinox Technologies Ltd., and TD Africa, two of Nigeria’s main know-how giants, that its Chairman, Leo Stan Ekeh and its workers, Company Secretary, Barr. Chris Eze Ozims and two others, Shade Oyebode and Charles Adigwe respectively, had no wrongdoing in a long-drawn court docket case involving a N170m Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) contract.
The court docket on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, discharged and acquitted the duo of Princess Kama Onyeoma and Chief Onny Igbokwe, companions to Mr. Benjamin Joseph, who had been accused of fraudulently executing the N170m contract awarded to Citadel Oracle Concepts, an Ibadan-based ICT agency owned by Joseph.
In addition, the sum of N20m was awarded as damages towards the complainant, Mr. Joseph, for frivolous and malicious petitioning and prosecution.
In his ruling, the trial decide, Hon. Justice Senchi of the FCT High Court, Abuja, dismissed the case as missing in advantage, including that the prosecution failed to determine the case of legal conspiracy, forgery and fraudulent use of Mr. Joseph’s paperwork as alleged. Further, the decide acquitted the duo of all 4 depend expenses; at the same time as he absolved each defendants, Kama, a long-time affiliate of Mr. Joseph, and Chief Igbokwe of the legal expenses levelled towards them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The four-count expenses are forgery; false board decision of Citadel Oracle Concept, with intent to commit fraud and fee of fraud; utilizing the solid paperwork as real and fraudulent use as real of the solid board decision.
Mr. Joseph had petitioned the EFCC, the Police and later the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, alleging that his board decision and different company paperwork had been cast to execute the N170 million FIRS contract with out his data, even when he appointed the mentioned Princess Kama to execute the contract on his behalf by issuing her a duly executed Power of Attorney and different company paperwork, all offered to the FIRS.
However, Mr. Joseph had additionally surprisingly accused prime officers of TD Africa and Zinox, together with its Chairman, Leo Stan Ekeh, of involvement within the alleged fraud, even when Zinox or Mr. Ekeh had by no means met or transacted any enterprise with Mr. Joseph.
Indeed, after profitable the contract, Joseph and his accomplice, Princess Kama had agreed to domicile the FIRS pc provides transaction price N170m with Sub-Saharan Africa’s foremost tech distribution big, TD Africa, the most important HP authorised distributors for funding, with a promise to pay instantly they acquired cost from the FIRS, with extra assure from Princess Kama’s uncle, Chief Igbokwe as Citadel Oracle Concepts Ltd. was not certified to get pleasure from credit score from TD Africa. When the FIRS paid for the provides, Mr. Joseph had allegedly tried to divert the fund however his accomplice, Princess Kama refused and paid TD Africa the pre-agreed bill sum of the laptops equipped on credit score.
This transfer apparently noticed Mr. Joseph take offence and he began writing all kinds of petitions to blackmail the Zinox Chairman, accusing him and different prime officers of TD Africa, together with Ozims, Oyebode and Adigwe; in addition to Access Bank of criminally conniving to execute the contract with out his data.
However, investigations by the EFCC and the Police had absolved the aforementioned officers of Zinox and TD Africa, with the Commission later charging the workers/representatives of Citadel Oracle Concept Limited, Princess Kama and Chief Igbokwe, as a result of their very own inner points in Charge no. CR/244/2018 earlier than the FCT High Court.
The ruling by Justice Senchi on Wednesday upheld the unflinching place of Zinox and TD Africa, which had repeatedly insisted on the innocence of its officers, particularly within the face of a barrage of sponsored media assaults by Mr. Joseph and led by Premium Times, a web based information medium.
Recently, the medium had provide you with a report claiming that an unsubstantiated Police report had indicted the Zinox Chairman, Ekeh, which had been debunked by the Police Force and on the idea of the identical case which Justice Senchi had dominated on Wednesday.
‘‘We are delighted to see justice finally run its course in this long-drawn case,’’ mentioned Reginald Obiakor, a Senior Special Assistant (Legal) to Mr. Ekeh. ‘‘Despite the obviously sponsored attacks and campaign of calumny by Benjamin Joseph and Premium Times, we had remained steadfast in our conviction that Mr. Ekeh, Zinox and TD Africa had no case to answer, as TD had only extended a facility to Citadel and her partners. This case has caused us quite some embarrassment, especially considering the potential damage to the hard-earned reputation of an industrious/exemplary Nigerian and globally respected digital icon who has enjoyed over 35 successful years in business.
‘‘We wish to thank our local and international partners, friends and well-wishers who have continued to show us support, even when the attacks persisted. This judgment further strengthens our belief in the validity of the courts as the bastion of justice and hope of the downtrodden,’’ he concluded.