Photos of a luxurious mansion built by Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State was revealed through an online medium, stating that the building was completed just four month after he assumed office as governor.
According to report on September 2015, it was disclosed that the multi-billion naira building project was given by Mr Emmanuel to VKS Construction Limited, owned by a Turkish national, Mr Onur Kumral – who several sources confirmed has been the governor’s accomplice in siphoning public funds.
Sahara Reporters investigations disclosed that the Turkish company is a subsidiary of Ronesans Holding in Turkey but had to be registered as Ronesans Construction Nigeria Limited when it first arrived Nigeria in 2014 on the invitation of former Governor Godswill Akpabio. The first contract awarded to the company in Nigeria was the construction of the Four Point Sharaton Hotel in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State.
Mr. Kumral, who was formerly the project manager, left Renossans Construction Nigeria Limited and formed VKS Construction Limited.
Kumral is being assisted in the Governor’s building project by one Engr. Oliver Ebong. Ebong is the owner of another company called Olkem Nigeria Limited which is basically into project consultancy. And according to information from a credible source Engr. Ebong and Olkem Nigeria Limited are fronts for former Governor Godswill Akpabio, his elder brother Emem Akpabio, and a Mr. Don Etim who was the Commissioner for Works throughout the 8 years tenure of Akpabio as the Governor of Akwa Ibom State.
The Anonymous source also told Sahara Reporters:
“Engr. Oliver Ebong and his company Olkem Nigeria Limited are fronts that was used by Godswill Akpabio, his brother Emem Akpabio, and Mr. Don Etim to loot billions of naira of Akwa Ibom funds. What happened was that the former Governor gave almost all the consultancy jobs for roads and other infrastructural projects and contracts of his government to Olkem Nigeria Limited which ran into several billions of naira.
“The cost of the consultancy contracts were usually inflated and returns were made to the former Governor, his brother and Don Etim. This fact was common knowledge within government circles.”
Despite initial photo of the building under construction which distinctly showed the house was being built from scratch, Governor Emmanuel denied all allegations, quoting that the mansion was 60 year old and was only being renovated.