A former member of the House of Representatives from Ife Federal Constituency of Osun State, Rotimi Makinde, has threatened a lawsuit over allegations that he embezzled N27.9 million.
DAILY POST had earlier reported the brawl between the ex-lawmaker and the CEO of Ojulowo Omoluabi Empire Holdings Limited, Victor Mark, over a N90 million contract fund.
According to reports, Mark’s company was earlier this year awarded a contract to construct a radio station at the Federal Polytechnic, Damaturu, in Yobe State.
Makinde, a member of the polytechnic’s governing council, was reportedly instrumental in Ojulowo Omoluabi Empire Holdings being awarded the project in April 2023.
Trouble began when the former lawmaker launched an attack on the CEO of the company, accusing him of relocating to the United Kingdom with the money meant for the project.
Mark, in his reaction, however, alleged that Makinde had collected N27.9 million out of the fund meant for the project.
The company warned Makinde to refund the sum of N27,930,000 he allegedly collected without delivering on the job.
Josephine Amadi, the company’s Executive Director of Operations, asked the ex-lawmaker in a statement last week to refund the money within 48 hours or risk going to jail.
Amadi claimed the company has details of how the money was transferred into the bank account of the ex-lawmaker.
Makinde, in his response on Thursday, cautioned both Josephine Amadi and Mark to stop misleading the public, noting that his legal team will act accordingly.
His statement reads: “I insist that Amadi’s boss, Mr Eniola Mark, should make himself available in the country to narrate this story himself and not by proxy. It may also please Amadi to note that it’s a matter of time to ensure Mark is repatriated and face justice for his criminal acts.
“I’ve briefed my lawyers about this blackmail and fighting back by proxy. She, Josephine Amadi, and her principal may not also know that efforts are already being made to repatriate the man on the run to face justice; staying in the UK isn’t a haven for him to cover his crime or spend the proceeds of his malfeasance and fraudulent acts.”