Blogger and social media influencer, Japheth Omojuwa, has responded to the letter written to him through the lawyer to the former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, demanding an apology for listing her as a director in his company Alpha Reach.
Ezekwesili issued the letter after Buzzfeed published a report that exposed the role Omojuwa and other influencers allegedly played in the social media campaign for the release of a Colombian alleged fraudster, Alex Saab, who has been declared wanted in the United States and currently facing extradition charges in Cape Verde.
Documents circulating online allegedly belonging to Alpha Reach, a company registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission in 2012, and believed to have played a role in the Alex Saab campaign, shows Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, and Ezekwesili listed as directors.
When the documents surfaced, Ezekwesili through her lawyer, Marshal Abubakar, on behalf of Falana and Falana Chambers, demanded an apology from Omojuwa for listing her as a director in Alpha Reach without her permission.
A reply letter signed by Boonyameen Babajide Lawal for Babalakin and Co Legal Practitioners said Omojuwa got consent from both El-rufai and Ezekwesili before listing them as directors in his company.
“Our client sought and obtained your client’s consent before listing her as a Director of the company, based on their close relationship, which you curiously omitted to mention in your letter,” the letter from Omojuwa’s lawyer partly read.
Another part of the letter said, “Both Mallam El-Rufai and your client were listed as Directors of Alpha Reach Company Limited when it was registered in 2012, with their full consent. Likewise, our client recalls being seated at the suite of a respected man of God at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja, trusting your client with some very personal and painful stories. At a point in our client’s life, your client was his most trusted person and confidant. Some people can attest to this fact, and they will, at the appropriate time and forum.”
On the part of the documents that said Alpha Reach later removed Ezekwesili as director in the company, the letter said it was done when it became certain that she could be appointed minister in the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) in 2015.