An unemployed youth, Enakeme Ojineme, has slammed N50million suit on Special Assistant to former President Goodluck Jonathan on Job Creation, Josephine Washima(pictured) over alleged assault and fraudulent act.
Joined as co-defendant in the ensuing legal battle are the Nigeria Police Force and the Inspector General of Police who the plaintiff accused of bullying and infringing on her fundamental human rights at the request of Josephine Washima.
In a statement of facts filed before the High Court of the FCT by an Abuja Human Right Lawyer, Senior Ibrahim Sulyman, the claimant averred that she and about two thousand unemployed youths were organised by Washima to form a co-operative society with the name Unemployed Youths Multi-purpose Co-operative Society sometime in 2014 while she was ex-President Jonathan’s SA on Job Creation.
The cooperative’s focus according to the originator was employment generation and empowering members to start their own businesses while the association would raise money for its operation from government establishments and corporate bodies.
The enrollment fee was N1,000 (One Thousand Naira) per member, and it was payable to Washima.
In the co-operative society’s executive committee, which the then presidential aide appointed, the plaintiff was made the deputy President while Washima discreetly seized control of the biggest office of the association’s president by not appointing one.
The Benue-born politician was in possession of the cheque book of the association’s only account, which is in Heritage Bank and made her younger sister, Lois Ngilorvihi and her technical assistant, Emmanuel Paul who are equally members the two signatories to the account. Organisations such as British Council, Heritage Bank among others supported the cooperative with cash gifts amounted to about N20m.
Washima who in December 2013 wedded Atama Attah, ex-husband of Late MKO Abiola’s daughter, Tundun, allegedly made fraudulent withdrawals from the account in connivance with Emmanuel and Lois, which other members were not privy to.
Emmanuel later blew the lid off the withdrawals when he fell out with Washima alleging that they were all made on her instructions and were used to defray her personal expenses.
Emmanuel’s disclosure sometime in May 2015, was not music to the ears of most members of the cooperative as none of them had gotten the jobs or loans they were promised at the inception of the association.
The plaintiff, Enakeme Ojineme who is one of them, and in her capacity as the deputy president averred that she had a telephone conversation with Washima during which she told her to call a meeting of all executive committee members but she declined.
Enakeme averred further that she succeeded in arranging a meeting with other exco members on June 3, 2015 at River Plate Park in Wuse 2.
But midway through the hot session, Washima stormed into the venue with members of State Anti-Robbery Squad(S.A.R.S) who arrested the convener, Emmanuel and Washima’s sister, Lois, on some trumped-up charge.
They were later thrown behind bars at S.A.R.S Headquarter.
In a chronicle of her experience in detention for three days, Enakeme who had ovarian cyst and had painful abdominal pain said she was denied access to her drug. Even when her health condition was brought to the notice of her chief tormentor, she alleged that Washima told her to die, and warned the police not to grant her bail except on her instruction.
In time, due to the excruciating abdominal pain occasioned by ovarian cyst, the litigant claimed that she passed out in the cell on two occasions but regained consciousness in National Hospital both times where she found herself on a bed handcuffed and under two policemen surveillance.
In the end, Enakeme was released on the condition that she must not raised the cooperative’s money issue again.
A single mother of one, the claimant said while in detention, her 6-year-old daughter, a primary school pupil, was left in the care of her school headmistress since she was not available to take her home, and her whereabouts was unknown to the school.
In view of this scenario, she is seeking compensation for injuries and other damages stemming from the incident. The matter is before Hon. Justice Folashade Ojo,
It would be recalled that Washima about two years ago was dragged before an Abuja High Court for allegedly refusing to pay over N13.8 million she collected as loan to rent a house from a former banker, Mrs. Priscilia Nkechi Okoro.