The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested Dumebi Kachikwu, a former son-in-law to ex- Minister of Aviation, Kema Chikwe, for obtaining money by false pretence.
Kachikwu, an Abuja-based multi-millionaire, was arrested on the evening of Friday, January 9th when he turned himself over to EFCC custody. EFCC operatives had previously raided his No 27 Gana Street, Maitama, Abuja home in the early hours of same day and executed a search warrant of the property.
It was learnt that the EFCC, upon receipt of a petition from Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, Chairman of the House Committee on Health and erstwhile governorship aspirant in Delta State, had invited Kachikwu On December 23, 2004 for questioning.
According to Mr. Elumelu, Kachikwu fleeced him of N750million under the pretext of helping him to actualize his dream of emerging flag bearer of the PDP in Delta State. Kachikwu is reportedly a business associate of a national vice chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Kachikwu had allegedly flaunted his extensive connection with bigwigs of the PDP at national and state levels, telling the petitioner that he needed the money to persuade the executives of the party in supporting his political ambitions in Delta State. His travails began when he failed to deliver on his promise as the petitioner lost in his quest to secure the coveted position in Delta State.
According to SaharaReporters, Kachikwu was initially supposed to report to the EFCC on December 24, 2014 but failed to do so. He subsequently pleaded for additional time and promised to hand himself over to the EFCC on January 8.
“When we waited for him on January 8 and he did not report we decided to act, having already secured a warrant for his arrest”, SaharaReporters quoted a source as saying.
The report said several incriminating documents as well as five luxury vehicles were recovered from the accused’s residence in Abuja during an operation that lasted for about two hours.
As of the time of publishing this report, Kachikwu was still being interrogated by investigators at the Idiagbon House, home of the operations department of the EFCC.