“The street cliché “once a Maga always a Maga” holds good for the life story of a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) board of trustees and caucus leader of the party in the Benue south senatorial zone, General Geoffrey Ejiga (retd.).
He retired as a General in the army but throughout his career he was not a street wise officer.
He recounted in his autobiography, The measures of my days, that he was an eyewitness in all the military coups from the first led by Kaduna Nzeogwu to that of evil genius, Ibrahim Babangida but he never had the opportunity to be involved in one.
The fact that he was on the sidelines in the military politics he may have been denied of having general knowledge, particularly relating to the street. At age 39 General Ejiga(retd.) had become a Major General in the army.
However, in recent time he has been a victim of a phantom billion dollar currency counterfeiting in which he lost N250m to con-men.
OrijoReporter exclusively gathered that the septuagenarian(pictured), who is being made to believe that a phony company by the name, Wordwide, posing as an affiliates of United States of America Department of Treasury has the right to printing American dollar.
The Retd. General was also led to a Lebanese that was sold to him and he bought as a Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN official.
At one point in the dubious deal, the con-men made their victim to believe that they were caught by the EFCC in a false attempt to deliver on their promise to convey billion of dollars to him. A ruse to get money from him, it was said that he paid millions of naira to the con-men posing as EFCC operatives in order to get them out of the purported anti-graft agency detention, OrijoReporter learnt.
Like a stray dog, he refused listening to the hunter’s warning in the form of his son in the army who has unabatedly discouraged him from falling victim to the conmen, it was said.
It would be recalled there is concern over prevalence of currency counterfeiting because it has become a major challenge for the apex banks on the continent in performing one of their critical functions of currency management. Advances in technology has made it easier for currency counterfeiting, particularly in Africa.
Interestingly Retired Gen. Ejiga, a PDP chieftain is being duped by a gang of conmen led by an All Progressive congress, APC senatorial aspirant in Kogi Central in the last general election, Alhaji Azeez Bello aka Azeez Ebira.
In years back, Azeez Ebira was arrested by the State Security Service( SSS) after he was caught impersonating the Director of Operations of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,(EFCC), one Olaolu Adegbite.
Then Azeez Ebira was attempting to swindle the wife of the then Abia State governor, Mrs. Mercy Orji over allegation that she was involved in fraudulent activities and the EFCC was investigating her.
He was nabbed and paraded before newsmen, by the then SSS Director, Lagos State Command, Mr. Ben Achu-Olayi.
Reliable sources said all the payments Retired Gen. Ejiga made to take possession of a phony dollar printing machine were paid into Azeez Ebira’s bank account.
OrijoReporter gathered that the APC senatorial aspirant’s accomplices in the fraud include one Taiwo aka Taiye Elela, who claims to the retired army general that his name is Timothy. Recently the EFCC arrested Taiye Elela in Port Harcourt over fraud related case.
Another person is one Alhaji Sanni. He is known to their victim as Ahmed.
It was further gathered that at the last count, Retired Gen. Ejiga may have been duped out of about N250m. This it was said affected his finances to the point he openly revealed his plan to put his Ikoyi Lagos house up for sale.
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