This was part of the affidavit from Michael Darries, attached to the directorate crime investigation, read out by prosecutor Adiel Jansen in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
The affidavit was handed in as arguments for the court not to grant bail to the accused, Amina Okpara, 47. She is facing three charges related to contravention of the Immigration Act and conspiracy to commit fraud.
The accused, who was the manager at the orphanage, was arrested on June14 after a sting operation carried out by the Hawks. Two days later, the orphanage was shut down and 17 children removed by the Department of Social Development. Okpara is accused of redirecting donor funds destined for the welfare of the children and centre operation into her bank accounts.
“My investigation reveals that a house is being built in Nigeria. I have it on good authority that Okpara has planned to flee to Nigeria and that she intends selling her assets. I have also found that the accused got fraudulent citizenship and her very existence in SA is based on a lie. I discovered that in 2012 the accused’s marriage was done fraudulently and I got three statements that she committed fraud to stay in Cape Town,” the affidavit reads.