Â *Asks EFCC, others to stop dropping Chimeâ€™s name
By Tony Edike
ENUGUâ€”A widow and sister-in-law to Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State, Mrs. Ngozi Mgbeke, yesterday, raised an alarm
over alleged plot by members of her late husbandâ€™s family to destroy her and her two-year-old baby.
She has also appealed to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, her husbandâ€™s relations and others allegedly
persecuting her since the death of her husband, Mr. Christian Anayo Mgbeke, on 18 April 2007, to leave Governor Chime
alone, saying the governor or his government had no connection whatsoever with the issue for which she had been dragged before the anti-graft agency.
Mrs. Mgbeke is billed to be arraigned at the Federal High Court, Enugu on 26 July by the EFCC over allegations of obtaining
N14 million under false pretences, forgery and alteration of documents relating to her late husbandâ€™s company.
Accuses late husband’s family of intimidation and harrassment
She was dragged before the commission by members of her late husbandâ€™s family.
Speaking with reporters in Enugu on her travails yesterday, the widow said since the demise of her husband in a ghastly
auto accident along Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway three years ago, members of his family had made serious efforts to make
life unbearable for her, adding that she had passed through â€œthe most harrowing experience in their hands.â€
The EFCC had planned to arraign her on 8 July at the Federal High Court, Enugu, over an eight-count charge of obtaining
money under false pretences; forgery and alteration but the case was moved to 26 July, following the inability of the court
to sit that day.
In the charge sheet, copy of which was made available to reporters by the commission, Mgbeke was said to have variously
obtained the sum of N9,267,498.49Â from Fidelity Bank Plc, Enugu branch, N1,000,000.00 from CCC Construction Ltd, through a
Fidelity Bank cheque No. 02135961, and N2,000,000.00 from CCC Construction Ltd, through a Zenith Bank cheque No.2226, all
properties of Christian Anayo Mgbeke (now deceased) under false pretences with the intent to defraud.
But Mrs. Mgbeke denied forging or altering any of the papers with which she accessed funds from her late husbandâ€™s account,
explaining that all her transactions with regards to Christian Anayo Mgbeke and Sons’ account since the death of her husband had all the necessary legal backing.
â€œHow can I be accused of stealing my late husbandâ€™s money? Thatâ€™s what Iâ€™ve been passing through since 2007.
â€œHis family members have done everything humanly possible to extinguish my child and I from the surface of the earth for no
just cause; just because Iâ€™m a widow,â€ she said, expressing optimism that the court would ultimately clear her of the allegations.