The Acting Chairman,
Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC)
WUSE II Abuja
Criminal Conversion Of Imo State Government Property To Personal Property By Former Speaker Benjamin Chukwuemeka Uwajumogu
My name is Citizen Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha, a well known
socio-political crusader in Nigeria, of Imo State origin. I am a
former Senior Special Assistant on Media at the Imo State House of
Assembly. I also served as Senior Special Assistant on Special Duties
at the same Imo State House of Assembly, between 14th June 2011 and
17th December 2013.
My nature as a sociopolitical crusader does not allow me to keep quiet
when abnormalities and fraudulent activities go on in my environment.
Hence, I have been of immense assistance to the current war against
corruption and criminalities by the President Mohammadu Buhari led
I am therefore bringing to your attention, for urgent action, the
criminal conversion of Imo State Government Property (Asphalt Drum Mix
Plant and Construction Equipment) to personal property by the
immediate Past Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly (2011 to 2015)
Rt. Hon. Benjamin Chukwuemeka Uwajumogu and his private company
(WERDIS NIGERIA LIMITED). It is my belief that this petition will be
attended to and justice done, for the government and people of Imo
State. I say this because a similar petition against this same man
(Rt. Hon. Benjamin Chukwuemeka Uwajumogu) dated 18th February 2014 and
addressed to the then Chairman of EFCC (Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde) with
documented evidences was swept under the carpet, after he reportedly
compromised his exalted office.
In 2011, when His Excellency Owelle Rochas Okorocha was inaugurated as
the Executive Governor of Imo State, the new administration had in
mind to pursue aggressive construction and indeed rehabilitation of
both urban and rural roads in the State. But due to the poor financial
base of the state, it could not be possible to achieve the goal
through contract awards only. However, the State Ministry of Works,
Housing and Transport had qualified personnel who could be deployed to
work on the said roads, but the only impediment to achieving the
objectives was lack of Construction Equipment and Asphalt Drum Mix
To this end, the Ministry of Works Housing and Transport, through
it’s then Commissioner, who was also the State Deputy Governor, Chief
Sir Jude Agbaso wrote a letter (No. MOW/COMM/S.1/VI/55) to His
Excellency the Governor, on the 13th of October 2011, informing him
that after due deliberations that the Imo State Tenders Board had
approved that WERDIS NIGERIA LIMITED be awarded the contract to supply
the required Construction Equipment and Asphalt Drum Mix Plant at the
cost of N213,262,500.00 (Two Hundred and Thirteen Million, two Hundred
and Sixty two thousand five Hundred naira) only.
His Excellency the Governor was therefore requested to release the
stated sum of money to the Ministry of Works in payment for the
supplies of the Construction Equipment and Asphalt Drum Mix Plant.
Accordingly, on that same 13th October, 2011, Governor Okorocha
graciously approved the release of the sum of N213,262,500,00 to
WERDIS NIGERIA LIMITED in respect of the above supplies. It should be
noted that the approval letter was endorsed by the following people.
(1) His Excellency the Governor
(2) The Deputy Governor/Hon. Commissioner of Works
(3) The Accountant General of Imo State
Consequently, steps were taken and the said amount was released to
WERDIS NIG. LTD. However, WERDIS NIG. LTD has refused to supply the
said equipment to the State Government through the Ministry of Works.
Rather, WERDIS NIG. LTD used the funds (money) approved to it for the
supplies, to build a private Asphalt Drum Mix Plant and Construction
Equipment located at Onitsha road behind Coca-cola Plant Owerri-Imo
Through diligent Investigations, it was discovered that WERDIS NIG.
LTD is owned by the then Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Rt.
Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu, who used his exalted office to secure
contracts for his private company, which was and still being managed
by his immediate younger brother, Mr. Nnadozie Uwajumogu. All efforts
made so far to recover the said Construction Equipment and Asphalt
Drum Mix Plant from Former Speaker Benjamin Uwajumogu and his younger
brother, Mr. Nnadozie Uwajumogu have proved abortive.
As a Socio-political Crusader in Imo State, I am most respectfully
calling on you to recover the Asphalt Drum Mix Plant and Construction
Equipment from WERDIS NIGERIA LIMITED and Rt. Hon. Benjamin
Chukwuemeka Uwajumogu. I am also calling on you to bring the same Rt.
Hon. Benjamin Chukwuemeka Uwajumogu and his younger brother Nnadozie
Uwajumogu to book.
The fight against fraud, stealing and corruption should be fought with
every amount of dedication, sincerity and honesty.
We must not allow corruption to overwhelm and kill us.
Rather, let us join hands together to kill corruption.
Yours most respectfully,
Hon. Citizen Dr. Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha FCAI, MKDA
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