Victor Uwajeh Biography
The Federal government has appointed a London based Nigerian private investigator, Victor Uwajeh to help the government trace and recover undeclared assets and proceeds of fraud as part of the ongoing fight against corruption in the country.
The appointment of Uwajeh is obtained in a letter signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Prosecution matters, Okoi Obono-Obla.
Uwajeh has worked as a consultant to the Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Finacial Crimes, Private investigator to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), consultant to the EFCC, Special Assistant to Chairman Senate Committee on Drugs, Narcotics, Financial Crimes and Anti-Corruption, among others.
The letter dated 22nd March, 2018 said Uwajeh’s application has been considered for engagement as special investigator to his panel.
The letter of engagement reads: “Reference is being made to your letter dated 15th March 2018, “I am pleased to inform you that you application has been considered for engagement as a special investigator to the panel.
“Consequent upon this appointment, you are to trace and where necessary recover undeclared assets and proceeds of fraud for the Federal Government of Nigeria in line with the mandate of the panel. This appointment is subject to terms and conditions as may be expressed in a duly executed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).”
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Victor Uwajeh, an Abuja-based private lawyer and investigator has alleged that his enstranged client,Senator Andy Uba forged his O-level certificate from the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).
While speaking with journalists on Wednesday, Uwajeh in reaction to allegations Uba made against him said he only took Uba to court in 2016 when he refused to pay his legal fees to the tune of £1.9 million.
On Tuesday April 11, the senator in a petition to Ibrahim Idris, Inspector-general of police, had said Uwajeh was attacking him by spreading falsehood.
Uwajeh explained that he met Uba in 2012 when he had problems with the UK authorities, hence he was contracted to lift a ban preventing him from entering the country.
The investigator said in 2015, the senator also gave him power of attorney to lift an arrest warrant on him in Los Angeles, US, which he claims he did.
“Sometimes in 2012, I met with senator Andy Uba who briefed me that he had issues with the UK authorities because he was banned in 2008 from entering the United Kingdom and being a British citizen and a private investigator. He wanted me to lift the exclusion ban on him from entering the UK,” he said.
“And he made available to me some documents, this is one of the first document in her majesty’s court seeking for judicial relief to enable him enter the UK. He also made available to me the grounds for seeking relief to the home Secretary who is now prime minister Theresa May to lift the ban taken against him.
“In 2012, I met with Andy Uba at his Asokoro residence where gave me the power of attorney duly signed by him, both of us appended our signatures and it has his picture, I have his originals kept.
“It was authorising me to work on his behalf and he was going to return the expenses back to me that will assist him on lifting the ban on him.
“He also had an arrest warrant against him in the state of Los Angeles, he also gave me a power attorney in 2015 signed by senator Andy Uba and lift the arrest warrant against him.
“After everything I sought for my professional fees and sent it to him, it kept lingering, he refused to pay so at the end of the day I filed a court process against him, seeking for payment of my professional fees.
“We started from 2016, we have been in court since 2016, so I don’t see the reason he is alluding to blackmail, because we are in court, he was served through the clerk of the national assembly. I don’t understand how a case in court is blackmail. The amount in question is £1.9 million which is in the court process.”
He said examination body, WAEC, had confirmed that Uba’s certificate which was presented in a UK court was forged.
Uwajeh continued: “He presented a lot of documents to be presented to the UK authorities, some forged documents WAEC certificate and others which were part of the documents filed in court.
“WAEC confirmed that the certificate Nnamdi Uba is parading is a fake document and I expect the authorities to look into this vehemently because forgery in the national assembly is alarming and I feel the media is crucial to straightening issues in Nigeria.”
When contacted, Onyi Omegido, spokesperson of Uba, said the case was in court and they would not comment on it.
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