With the increasing drama between Senator Dino Melaye and Kogi state governor due to the recall of the Senator by his constituents, the two opponents are digging up whatever dirt they can find to mar each other.
Melaye released a document in a tweet Friday which is supposedly proof of what he claimed to be the fraud that sent Kogi state governor’s Chief of Staff Edward Onoja “out of GTbank.”
The Fraud that sent Edward Onoja out of GT bank pic.twitter.com/YTHskrstqh
— Senator Dino Melaye (@dino_melaye) June 23, 2017
It is unclear to what ‘fraud’ Melaye was referring but we found a petition filed against Onoja in 2016 by a lawyer Max Akoh-Onoja (who coincidentally bears the same last name as Edward Onoja but is not in any way related) accusing Edward of defrauding him of a total of N1.8 million.
He claimed to have fallen victim of a ‘Ponzi Scheme’ run by Edward Onojo who was his Account Officer and some other bankers at Guaranty Trust Bank, Lokoja in 2007.
According the petitioner, Onojo talked him into removing N1 million from his savings account and depositing it into a ‘special account’ with the promise of a monthly interest of 50 thousand naira. He claimed to have also sent another 800 thousand naira of which Onojo acknowledged receipt and promised a monthly interest of 30 thousand naira.
He alleged the interest was paid for a while before it stopped, and when he confronted Onoja to refund his 1.8 million naira, he wrote him through his lawyer denying liability — although he had initially pleaded for time to pay. When he tried to pay the cheque of 1 million naira which he collected after the first deposit, it bounced. He said he had not been able to locate him since then.
To back his claims he stated that all the transactions were documented and can be verified from text messages and emails between himself and Onoja.
Edward Onoja was reportedly also asked to resign from Access Bank where he also worked prior to becoming Yahaya Bello’s Chief of Staff.
Max Akoh-Onoja told EkoMetro that he sent the petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) when he discovered that Edward Onoja was a member and secretary to Yahaya Bello, Gov of Kogi state’s Transition committee. However, he never got a response from the EFCC, and no further action was taken.
Edward Onoja has been friends with Yahaya Bello for a long time. As he states on Kogi state government website, he “championed the political cause of his longtime friend and political associate, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.”
We reached out to Edward Onoja for comments via email but he way yet to reply as at the time this story was published.