According to SaharaReporters, Onoja acquired several properties whose value run into many billions of naira since he was appointed by Governor Yahaya Bello as his Chief of Staff and later assumed the office of the Deputy Governor of Kogi State in October 2019.
Documents seen by SaharaReporters show that two of the properties are currently being used by Onoja’ nephew identified as Friday Adejoh at Kado area of Abuja.
A source said the buildings worth over N200 million is located at House 23, D66, BUA Estate, adding that about 18 cars fraudulently acquired by the deputy governor were parked in the compound.
“He has two houses in Kado, BUA estate to be precise and one of the buildings is used by Exposure one, ETcetera Design, a business front run by his nephew, Friday Adejoh for money laundering.
“He also owns the property that houses the inside story magazine; it is about three minutes walk from the Kogi State Government House main gate.
“It’s a fact that he was sacked from GT Bank for loaning out money that he couldn’t account for because the debtors were not willing to pay back at the agreed time.
“One of the debtors is the current Commissioner for Commerce in the state, Hon. Gabriel Olofu. He was at the time the chairman of Olomaboro Local Government Area,” the source said.
Reacting in a series of tweets, Onoja threatened to sue Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore, over claims that he “corruptly acquired” some properties in Abuja.
“You are the fabricator @YeleSowore. When we meet in court, you will see documents if you fail to present your documents.
“You think every public officer is a rogue. Your hating informants will just kill themselves of envy and hate,” he wrote.
The allegation is coming barely one year after Kogi State House of Assembly confirmed Edward David Onoja as the Deputy Governor of the state.