Omojuwa also in a face-off with Oby Ezekwesili
If you do not know Japhet Omojuwa, well, I am not sure what to tell you. But, first, he has one million followers on Twitter. That should tell you how popular and influential he is, at least on social media. He is a well respected social media strategist that many have credited with the fall of the former President Jonathan’s government in 2015 due to the role he played leveraging social media.
But right now, he is in the eye of the storm for all the wrong reasons. The story starts with an alleged lucrative contract from a suspected Colombian money launderer.
According to reports, Omojuwa got a deal to coordinate a campaign of himself and other Nigerian social media influencers. Unfortunately, some people, who included the US Embassy in Nigeria and the microblogging platform, Twitter did not take this interference lightly.
So, earlier this week, Twitter suspended over 1,500 accounts linked to the campaign, including those of popular influencers in Nigeria who have received payments to tweet about the Colombian citizen who is currently under house arrest in Cape Verde.
It does not end there for the social media baby boy, as the former presidential hopeful and former Minister of Education Oby Ezekwesili is also threatening to take him to court over alleged impersonation.
According to Ezekwesili, the contention is over a board of director seat in one Alpha Reach Limited.
Ezekwesili’s lawyer, Femi Falana has written Omojuwa demanding a public statement and an apology exonerating his client from the incorporation process and activities of the Alpha Reach Limited.
According to PM News in this report, Omojuwa was said to have used the name of Ezekwesili as one of the Directors of the company when Alpha Reach Limited was incorporated at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Abuja in 2012 without her consent.
Falana, in a letter to Omojuwa, written on his behalf by Marshal Abubakar, said sometimes in 2012, a company called Alpha Reach Limited was incorporated at the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja.
“The company has as its object general construction (Building and Civil Engineering) and had listed as its Directors: Japheth Omojuwa, Damilola Ogunleye, El-Rufai Nasir and Ezekwesili Obiageli. In the year 2017, a notice of Change of Directors (Form CAC7A) was filed through which the list of Directors was altered and the name of our client; Mrs Ezekwesili Obiageli was removed as a Director and replaced with Mallan Indimi Ahmed Mohammed,” the letter explained.
It added that on March 30, 2021, someone from Buzzfeed reached out to Ezekwesili informing her that she was listed as one of the directors of Alpha Reach Limited alongside El-Rufai and Omojuwa.
However, the letter demanded that Omojuwa give detailed account of Ezekwesili through correspondence the circumstances leading to the incorporation of the Alpha Reach Limited and attach the certified True Copies of all the incorporation documents submitted at the CAC in the course of registering the said company.
“It is our hope that you accede to the foregoing request forthwith, otherwise, we shall be left with no choice but to employ all legal avenues to seek redress,” it stated.