Anambra State Commissioner for Special Duties, Chief Vincent Ezenwajiaku, who was declared wanted by the Special Fraud Unit of the Nigeria Police on Wednesday says he will resign his appointment on Friday (today).
He added that the development would allow him to face the issue raised by the SFU.
Ezenwajiaku, while addressing journalists at a press conference in Awka on Thursday, however, said he had sued the police for defamation for declaring him wanted.
He said he would demand N250m as damages from the police for defaming his character.
PUNCH Metro had reported that the police declared Ezenwajiaku wanted for allegedly defrauding a business partner, Chucks Mgbemena of N10.6m.
The spokesperson for the SFU, Ngozi Isintume, had said, “A petition to the Commissioner of Police, SFU, alleged that sometime between 1996 and 2002, the suspect being the Managing Director of BIO Plastic Ltd invited the complainant to invest in his company as a Co-Director to enable him acquire 34 per cent of the equity at the end of the investment.
“Mgbemena agreed and paid N10, 582,540 in instalments. He later discovered that he had invested in a non-existent company as the it was not registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission.
“In the course of investigation, detectives from the unit travelled to Anambra State with invitation letter which was served on the suspect. The suspect was expected to report to the office on April 16, 2013 but he failed to honour the police invitation.
“Again in August 4, 2013, detectives went to Awka with a warrant of arrest, but he insisted that he must see the governor or the commissioner of police. He was taken to State Criminal Iinvestigation Department where he made cautionary statement and subsequently released on bail to one Obi Okwudili, who promised in writing to produce the suspect on August 15, 2013.”
Reacting to the allegation, the embattled commissioner said what he was owing Mgbemena was N6m, stating that he had a N7.5m business deal with Mgbemena out of which he had paid N1.5m to him leaving a balance of N6m.
He vowed to tender his resignation on Friday to the Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, to enable him to diligently prosecute the case against the police.
Ezenwajiaku maintained that no known law assigned any role to the police to recover debts and therefore what they had done against him was illegal
He said he was not able to clear his debt to his creditor (Mgbemena) because of the health challenges he had shortly after the deal.
The commissioner expressed dismay at the manner with which his creditor decided to make the matter a police case, adding that he was the best man to Mgbemena during his wedding