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Rahama Indimi’s desperate moves backfire +Her secret romance with sacked Lawal Daura

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Negative reactions have trailed the recent post of the daughter of a Maiduguri, Borno State-born billionaire oil magnate and owner of Oriental Energy, Alhaji Mohammed Indimi, Rahama over her recent post on Instagram.

Rahama had, in the post, disparaged her estranged hubby, who is a son of former head of state, Ibrahim Babangida, Mohammed.

We have discovered in the course of our investigation that Rahama lied in her usual manner in her latest post on her Instagram page.

Rahama had written in the Instagram post that:

“Well, I won my case in Minna last year. But victory was short lived when Mohammed Babangida refused to accept his defeat.

“He brought his personal judge to hear the matter again in the same court instead of going to the Sharia Court of Appeal.

“I’m thinking since I’m done in Minna, I can finally move on with my life. Unfortunately, the case was re-listed. I told the court I’m not interested in doing the case. Lo and behold, the judge forced me to be the plaintiff, my lawyer said we are still not interested in the case.

“Fine, I’m forced to do a case that I know they have no jurisdiction over, against my will.

“Long short story, the judge said I’m not truthful because I have not a marriage certificate. What has customary law have anything to do with Sharia Law?

“This man changed the Sharia Law to fit to his client. He gave him exclusive custody of all the 4 kids.

“Mind you, Sharia gives my mum custody if I’m unfit to mother my children. Even, the two that are not within jurisdiction fa.

“Hey may God help our judiciary wo. Money talks and b””” shit works.

“I will continue to fight till my last breadth.

“Allah Kareem, Allah Wakil.”

A concerned observer pointed out that Rahama is a drowning fellow that is coming up with conjectures when Mohammed refused to be blackmailed.

“When she, Rahama was dating the former Director General of the Department of State Security, Mr. Lawal Daura, she got the case moved to Abuja and her ex-hubby decided to  wait for the ruling to be given, but they never did for 25 days which is against the law.

“A petition was written against the judge to the National Judicial Council (NJC), which now suspended the man. Thereafter, the case was  relisted and continued,” he said.

Our facts check revealed contrary to her claims that Mohammed started the case in court.

“The first judge assumed jurisdiction and because she was dating Lawal Daura at the time, she had him redeployed and a second judge was brought in who now ruled that he had no jurisdiction (as she wanted).

“That cause of action was in Abuja and not Minna. How does this translate to winning a custody case?

“When they requested for a copy of his ruling and by law she is to provide within seven days.

“Surprisingly, she didn’t until 23 days later after 3 reminders. “Mohammed’s counsel immediately took this up as a breach of his rights and quickly got the case relisted and a third judge was given the case.

“So taking her story hook line and sinker is dangerous because of the deception therein,” said a source.

The source added that  Rahama and Mohammed havebeen   to seven different courts during this period over the same matter.

The courts were given as Sharia court in Minna, Sharia Court of Appeal in Minna, Hiigh Court, Minna, Area Court, Abuja, Upper Sharia  Court in Abuja,  High Court, Abuja and Court of Appeal in Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Another observer stressed that Rahama is not serious, and that she thinks its the way she did the first one using Daura.

“You don’t fight a lost case on the social media. If you lose as a decent person and you’re not satisfied, you approach a higher court and appeal it just like Mohammed did without any noise.

“Mohammed now has full custody of the four children and if he decides to pursue this matter further, Rahama might go to jail because she actually took the two children with her out of the country without the knowledge of their father, and wait, for this, the father has the passports of the children, but Rahama through her connections moved them out of the country

“She’s now attacking the police and the judiciary she has been using before cause this case hasn’t gone her way,” said the observer.

Sources wondered why the children of Mohammed Indimi have become a ‘nuisance’ to the society.

They gave an instance of two of his daughters, who were rude to their in-law and wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha.

It will be recalled that one of Indimi sons married a daughter of the Buharis, Zahra.

Another instance of the recklessness of the Indimis was that of one of Indimi daughters, Ameena, who was sacked by their father from his company.

Ameena seems to have become a consistent trouble maker and the most troublesome daughter of her father.

She is the wife of Mohammed, the first son of ex-Minister of Power and Steel, Alhaji Bashir Dalhatu, who died in a power bike accident.

It will be recalled that Ameena, who is fondly called Yataka, caused a stair during the traditional introduction ceremony of her brother, Ahmed and the daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari, Zahra.

Yataka insisted on taking her mobile phone into the Presidential Villa in Aso Rock, Abuja, contrary to security protocol.

Ameena Indimi was removed as the Executive Vice President of the Nigerian junior Oriental Energy Resources (OER).

Her father, Muhammadu Indimi, OER founder and main shareholder, reportedly took the decision after Ameena fired several senior staff members without his consent.

It was gathered that Ameena laid off the company Managing Director and former Addax Petroleum executive, Ignatius Ifelayo, as well as several of her father’s personal financial advisors, including Michael Hailu.

It will also be recalled that the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office, recently said that two former top executives of a collapsed oil company, Afren Plc, owned by Mohammed Indimi, were sentenced to up to six years in prison after they were found guilty of fraud and money laundering offences over a $300m business deals in Nigeria.

Afren, an oil and gas exploration and production company once valued at $2.6bn on the stock market with operations in Nigeria, collapsed into administration in July 2015 after it was unable to service heavy debts.

The SFO, in a statement on its website, said Osman Shahenshah and Shahid Ullah received a total of 30 years for fraud and money laundering offences they had committed while they were chief executive officer and chief operating officer of Afren, respectively.

It noted that the men were found guilty at trial earlier this month for a scheme they created to profit from business deals Afren made with its Nigerian oil partners, without the knowledge of the board of directors.

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Publication threats: Billionaire bank debtors​ lobby CBN Gov to save faces​

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  • Our decision meant to avert another banking crisis – DMBs

 

Fresh information reaching The Witness has revealed that some top Nigerian billionaires are currently lobbying the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele to save their heads following threats by chief executive officers of Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) in Nigeria to share details of chronic debtors and blacklist such.

The Witness reliably gathered from inside sources that since the disclosure of the decision by the bank CEOs, some top moneybags have continued to pressure the apex bank and its head honcho to intervene in the decision of the lender to give them time to clear up their debts.

Aside from this development affecting their businesses, bank debtors are more uncomfortable with the idea of making their names public, especially at a trying time like this. They are deeply afraid that the policy may throw them out of business, especially for those of them who need foreign exchange to operate.

Chronic debtors, analysts say, are those debtors who are unwilling to repay their loans to the banks.

The decision which the DMB’s are ready to implement to the letter, is aimed at forestalling the growing amount of non-performing loans NPLs, in the books of financial institutions to avert another banking crisis in the country.

Recall, CEOs of DMBs across the country recently agreed to share details of chronic debtors and blacklist such.

The bankers made this known after a meeting held to discuss how some debtors have been allegedly using law enforcement agencies to harass and criminalize bank CEOs.

In a statement, the group said the affected debtors are not ready to repay their loans. The group spoke in Lagos after reviewing what it called the “harassment and criminalization of banks’ CEOs by law enforcement agencies.” It noted that chronic bank debtors were now in the habit of enlisting law enforcement agencies including police, judiciary and state security to harass and criminalize bank CEOs, saying this was unacceptable. “Notably, these loan defaulters are known to have abused court processes as well as using social media to propagate their smear campaign against the banks,” the group said.

A communique issued following the meeting noted that these activities by the law enforcement agencies and the bank debt defaulters were capable of adversely affecting the banking system vis-à-vis the CEOs’ reputation amongst international banks, destroy the economy, and called for these to be checked and managed.

In order to tackle what they see as an emerging threat to banking business in Nigeria, the committee outlined a five-step resolution of actions that banks would need to take. The resolutions and planned actions were arrived at after members discussed and considered different options for dealing with the issue.

Specifically, the banks’ CEOs said there was an urgent need for all banks to cooperate and collaborate to identify and ex-communicate chronic debt defaulters, noting that this goes beyond “publishing names of such defaulters in national media (which is inevitable), but involves all banks speaking with ‘one voice’ and sharing information about those entities, and refusing to do further business with them until they settle their obligations.”

To avoid the kind of crisis that rocked the banking sector 10 years ago, the CEOs urged all agencies and stakeholders to step up and help fight the inherent menace of chronic loan defaulters.

According to the CEOs, the banking industry is the backbone of the Nigerian economy, therefore, it is the responsibility of all stakeholders – regulators, police, judiciary, corporate organizations and media to help save it from activities of delinquent debtors.

Besides, the group resolved that all cases of defaults would be presented and passed through the Bankers’ Committee Ethics Committee just as it intends to work with legal councils and come up with ways and strategies to manage related cases effectively without disrupting businesses and the system.

In a recent publication, Access Bank had threatened to publish the names of customers refusing to settle their debts in national dailies.

In a statement, the bank had said it is acting in line with a directive from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

“All Access Bank Plc (including former Diamond Bank Plc) debtors are directed to pay up their past due obligations in order to avoid punitive actions being taken against them,” the bank said.

The statement added, “Please note that we shall publish our debtors’ names in newspapers in two weeks.

“Similarly, in the event that these obligations are not fulfilled, we shall take such further actions against such delinquent individuals and companies as we may consider necessary and shall relentlessly pursue full recovery of all our debts.”

While experts appear to condemn the act of borrowing and refusing to repay the loans, they are more afraid of the bad implication it could have on the macro economy.

Managing director/CEO at BIC Consultancy Services, Dr. Boniface Chizea, in a chat with newsmen believes that since the CBN has autonomy it can take decisions in the best interest of the economy.

He, however, said the idea was good for the banks, but advised that caution should be applied in order to publish only names of those who actually owe.

”The autonomy of the Central Bank should have instrument autonomy which implies that the Central Bank should have unhindered freedom to decide on how best to achieve its mandate without any dictation from any quarters. If the Bankers’ Committee which the CBN chairs decides to publish the names of debtors, so be it.

“We just hope that in embarking on this name-and-shame approach, due care is exercised so that the names of actual debtors are published.

”We had an experience during the immediate past administration when a deluge of rebuttals and retractions followed an attempt to embark on similar exercise. We must avoid such embarrassments this time around.

“If names are to be published, due care must be exercised to ensure the names of only those culpable are published. It is embarrassing and unfair otherwise considering the potential damage to reputation such a move will occasion. It is not good for the creditors for their names to so published as most of these recalcitrant debtors are the juggernauts in our midst; the movers and shakers; the financiers of electoral campaigns who often think that because of their access to the powers that be they remain beyond the law.

”This is a last resort desperate measure meant to stem the wind of distress overtaking the banks leading to a harvest of bank failures. It is good for the banks generally as it has the effect of sanitizing the banks to restore them to sound health to continue to provide banking services, sustain the going concern and continue to return dividends to their many shareholders and stakeholders,” he concluded.

It would be recalled that the immediate-past CBN governor, now Emir Kano Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, had published names of those indebted to some of the banks that failed the second phase of the apex bank’s stress test in 2009.

Asset Management Company of Nigeria, AMCON had in 2013 called a governorship candidate in one of the South-south states of Nigeria a chronic debtor for his unwillingness to liquidate his debt to some banks.

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Homeowners accuse CMB Building Company, its CEO Mbagwu of fraud, petition EFCC

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The residents of Pearl Garden Estate and Pearl Nuga Park Estate located at Sangotedo in Lekki/Ajah area of Lagos State have petitioned against the CMB Building Maintenance and Investment Company Ltd to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged fraudulent mortgage of some of their homes to secure unapproved bank loans.

Meanwhile, the association of homeowners in the estates have barred representatives of CMB, a building and maintenance firm owned by Kelechukwu Mbagwu from maintaining the homes at Pearl Nuga Park Estate and Pearl Garden Estate.

The separate petitions dated May 28, 2019 and addressed to the EFCC Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu, were signed by Mr Patrick Olowokere, the President of Pearl Nuga Estate and Reverend Adesola Adebawo, President of Pearl Garden Estate respectively.

According to the petitioners, CMB obtained a mortgage from Wema Bank Plc using the affected homes at Pearl Nuga Estate as collateral without the knowledge or consent of the affected homeowners.

Image: Repossessed property at Pearl Gardens Estate from fraudulently-obtained bank loan

“The affected homeowners, namely; Bridget Eko, Osagie Aimiehnoho Jude, Mr Akinola Alabi, Mrs Oluwadara Alabi, Nosakhare Igbinobi and Amos Gaga, paid CMB for those houses to be built and had taken possession of their houses from CMB at different times.

“CMB and Mr Mbagwu fraudulently withheld the title deeds of the houses from the affected homeowners as it withheld those of several other homeowners within the estate,” they alleged in a petition duly acknowledged and signed by the EFCC, copy of which was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

However, the bank has begun a recovery of the six houses within the estate following the failure of CMB, the property developer, to repay the loan, according to the petitioners.

Similarly, Pearl Garden Estate also accused CMB of using the homes of four of their members — Mr and Mrs Michael Bassey, Mr Oyeleke Jegede, Mr Larry Amaraibi and one Mr Felix — who had already paid in full to allegedly obtain a N10 million loan from Diamond Bank (now Access Bank).

Meanwhile, the association of homeowners in the estates have barred staff or representatives of CMB from Pearl Nuga Park Estate and Pearl Garden Estate.

The petitioners said, “We have no other choice but to believe that other houses of our members and homeowners within the estates may be the subject of similar fraudulent mortgages.’’

Another resident, Mr A. Akeredolu, said: “Some of us have waited endlessly for the commencement of the ‘fictitious’ Pearl Royale Scheme, Pearl Garden Extension and Pearl Nuga Park.

“We paid for these in full since 2010 but have yet to be shown the location of our purchases, let alone the allocations.

“We know projects fail, but they have yet to make any official statement or promise of refund. These people are so bold and fearless, one wonders who is backing them!”

All efforts by our reporter to reach Mr. Mbagwu for his angle to the allegations proved futile as calls and text messages placed to his mobile line were not responded to as at press time.

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Presidential panel probes Delta Senator, Peter Nwaoboshi over corruption allegations

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Senator Peter Nwaoboshi is in hot soup as the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property has referred him to the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Etsu Umar, for prosecution.

In its letter signed on behalf of the chairman of the panel, Okoi Obono-Obla, by Dr. Celsus Ukpong, urged the DPP to prosecute the senator on charges bordering on his failure to declare his assets before the panel in violation of section 3(i)(a) of the Recovery of Public Property (Special Provisions) Act 2004.

The letter stated that the violation was punishable by the same provision of the Act.

It stated that it had forwarded draft charges to the DPP.

Accompanying the letter dated June 7, 2019, and received by the DPP office on June 10, 2019, were documents contained in the case file forwarded to the Ministry of Justice.

The letter read, “I am directed to you above-named case file for further action.

“The above suspect is under investigation before us for possession of suspicious assets far and beyond his legitimate earnings.

“He has refused to declare his assets before the panel after lawful demand by the special presidential investigation panel.

“This refusal is contrary to and punishable under section 3(i)(a) of the Recovery of Public Property (Special Provisions) Act 2004. It shall be appreciated if a charge is brought against him for his offence pending the conclusion of the investigation.”

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