‘I Did not Smuggle Stolen Automotive Into US’ – Ibe Kachikwu Cries Out, Calls for Compensation

Former Minister of State for Petroleum Sources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu has mentioned that allegations he smuggled a stolen automotive into the US is just not true.

Recall that Peoples Gazette had detailed how a report fingered Kachikwu because the mind behind an try to smuggle a stolen car into the US of America. It was additionally alleged that he acquired N9.7 billion in his private checking account.

Dr. Kachikwu via the authorized consultant, Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN mentioned the allegations are baseless, provocative and malicious and a calculated try to garbage his strong and enviable heritage of integrity and sterling character.

A pre-action discover to the media home (Peoples Gazette) clarifying what transpired with the allegedly stolen/smuggled automotive reads partially, “Opposite to the false and malicious narrative projected within the our on-line world by your media outfit, the true state of affairs stays that our consumer purchased a Jaguar automotive in 2009 from Dazz Motors Nigeria Ltd, Victoria Island, Lagos. Our consumer paid absolutely for the automotive. After utilizing it for some years, our consumer shipped the automotive to the US of America, as a present to a relation. Nonetheless, the US customs erroneously impounded it, mistaking it as a stolen automotive and for emission management infringement as vehicles with European and African emission management specs can’t be used within the USA

“Our consumer availed the US authorities of the small print they usually reached out to the automotive supplier. The US authorities apologized for the error in seizing the automotive after they had been unable to determine any foundation or proof of the suspected stolen car. Whereupon, the automotive was subsequently launched to our consumer who introduced similar again to Nigeria and returned it to the automotive supplier. The automotive supplier subsequently refunded to our consumer, the cash he had paid for the Jaguar.

“It’s pertinent to state that our consumer NEVER stood trial in respect of the mentioned automotive earlier than any courtroom within the US. Moderately, it was he who as a claimant initiated administrative proceedings at the US District Courtroom during which the Jaguar automotive was a defendant.”

On the false accusation of getting N9.7 billion in his private checking account, the discover acknowledged, “our consumer maintains that the purported financial institution assertion of account, printed by your platform, was a fraud as similar was criminally doctored. Whereas our consumer maintains a Domiciliary account with that financial institution, the true place stays that the purported assertion put out a false transaction of N9.7billion Naira inside a Greenback Domiciliary account! How ridiculous?

“This factual relationship between our consumer and his financial institution subsequently, makes your spurious declare of a purported deposit of 9.7 billion naira into our consumer’s mentioned checking account most preposterous, outlandish, bogus and weird. Be assured that the Police will unfailingly deal with this legal facet. The equipment has been put in full gear.”

Dr. Kachikwu additional demanded that the article be pulled down and a sum of three billion naira paid to him via his lawyer as compensation “for the unquantifiable and collateral injury carried out to him, his household, political, enterprise, goodwill {and professional} endeavours.”

Failure to do that will result in the graduation of authorized proceedings towards the media home, the discover disclosed.

In the meantime, in a letter dated August 26, 2021, and in response to the false account assertion printed by the web platform, the financial institution affirmed that the account assertion printed by the web platform is a faux assertion of account because it didn’t emanate from the Financial institution nor did the account assertion replicate the precise transactions as proven by the false publication.

The letter learn partially “the assertion is just not in keeping with these issued by the Financial institution and didn’t emanate from us. In addition they didn’t replicate the true state of your accounts and are subsequently false”.

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