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Urhobo Union President, Moses Taiga in serial bigamy, allegedly dumps 3rd wife, Oyeyinka, ‘quadruplets’ for new wife

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It is no news that billionaire, Olorogun Moses Taiga, the president-general of Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) Worldwide, has a fetish for female lawyers. It is not a mere coincidence that all the four women he had celebrated marriages with are lawyers. He is, however, regarded in some quarters as a professional litigant as he has been engaged in various legal battles with different women ranging from paternity to validity and nullity of marriages contracted whilst found to be lawfully wedded to another.

Information reaching The Witness and making the rounds in social circles is that Olorogun Taiga has just gotten married to yet another Warri, Delta State-based lawyer, Barr. Omoefe Pela, without the dissolution of his union with his third wife, Oyeyinka. The Witness also gathered that the day of the marriage was also Oyeyinka’s birthday.

It was also learnt that the traditional marriage ceremony held on 26th April 2019 at Pela’s family compound in Oginibo Community, Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State attracted eminent personalities ranging from political leaders, honourable members, top government functionaries, community leaders and numerous well-wishers across Nigeria.

Omoefe Pela, Olorogun’s Taiga’s newly wedded wife

Oyeyinka, Olorogun Moses Taiga’s legally married (3rd) wife alleged to have procured the so-called ‘quadruplets’ in Los Angeles

A source in the know told The Witness: “It is clear that Yinka’s fear of many years has suddenly come to haunt her. Olorogun Taiga’s new marriage is not a secret anymore, the super-excited new bride and her friends have quickly released pictures and videos of the marriage on Facebook and YouTube, so that anyone in doubt can have a feel of the ceremony.

“It was done in his usual style of not dissolving previous marriage or marriages before purportedly marrying the woman!

“One cannot but wonder why this great grandfather still decides to go down this route despite his old age and frailty; and why on earth he chose to marry a new wife as a birthday gift to Oyeyinka, who always seemed to be in control of his affairs.

“Obviously, Taiga has seen through Yinka’s persistent lies and fake lifestyle and he decided it was time to dump her and the ‘fake’ quadruplets”, the source said.

Olorogun Moses Taiga and Omoefe Pela during the traditional marriage ceremony held on 26th April 2019 in Ughelli, Delta State

Olorogun Moses Taiga and Omoefe Pela during the traditional marriage ceremony held on 26th April 2019 at Omoefe’s family compound in Oginibo Community, Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State

Olorogun Moses Taiga and Omoefe Pela during the traditional marriage ceremony held on 26th April 2019 at Omoefe’s family compound in Oginibo Community, Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See below, video of the traditional marriage ceremony between Olorogun Moses Taiga and Barr. Omoefe Pela:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moses Taiga and Oyeyinka’s marriage certificate held at Ikoyi Registry, Lagos on Jan. 20th, 1994.

 

Attempts were made by The Witness to get the other wives to comment on the development. We were able to reach Nneka Ogbedo, the mother of Moses Taiga’s twin daughters (born just before Oyeyinka’s acclaimed quadruplets), who expressed her lack of surprise at the news as she had seen it coming a long time ago.

Nneka said she was only amazed that Oyeyinka’s persistent lies would have been foolhardy enough to think that the lies of her purported quadruplets could go on forever.

She claimed that the issue of her marriage celebration with Taiga was before the Supreme Court of Nigeria and so she would ordinarily not want to speak on the issue but she knew for certain that this was Taiga’s fourth time of celebrating marriages whilst in lawful marriage with another.

According to her “Taiga continues to show flagrant disrespect for the matrimonial laws of Nigeria and that of the United States of America through his serial commission of the offence of bigamy. Even with all the evidence and video recordings of our traditional marriage before the court, Taiga has continued to wholly deny that there was no marriage between them. He went as far as telling an enormous lie in the court of law under an oath.

Further investigation by The Witness revealed that having contracted two marriages with Grace (the first wife) and Nneka (the second wife), Olorogun Moses Taiga went ahead to perform two marriage rites with Oyeyinka, one in New Jersey, in the United States of America where he claimed to be single, without dissolution or nullification of the previous marriages. It was only recently whilst in court for nullification of Nneka’s marriage that Taiga’s marriage to Grace was dissolved and that led him to contract yet another marriage with Oyeyinka again at the Ikoyi Registry in Lagos.

Olorogun Taiga is alleged to be notorious for denying marriages shortly after the lavish celebrations even in the face of pictures and video evidences. He is said to not only be in the habit of denying these celebrations, but also denying the paternity of his children.

He was in a paternity battle with Nneka (the second wife) over her twins until the DNA result issued by a UK-based hospital chosen by Moses himself proved that he was 99.9 per cent the father of the twins.

Recently, he started a paternity battle at the FCT High Court with one Rabi Achimugu and also another paternity battle with one Mrs. Ngozi Okafor.

Sources further disclosed to The Witness that though Olorogun Taiga is an acclaimed billionaire, many of his biological children live in abject poverty and are said to be neglected with no trace of his wealth on them except the twin daughters born by Nneka (after she dragged him to the UK court where he was mandated to fulfill his responsibility towards them to the last letter).

Another source said: “The only children who have access to Taiga’s wealth are the alleged ‘fake quadruplets’ by Oyeyinka. Though Moses did not biologically father those children, Oyeyinka unnaturally made sure that the wealth of Taiga remained within her four children and family members.

“Oyeyinka is about to learn that fame, like power as they say, is ephemeral.

“It has been impossible for any biological child of Taiga to have access to him,” the source disclosed.

Taiga habitually of fights with Mother’s his various relationships and extending to the children (transferred aggression).

Section 370 of the Nigeria Criminal Code Act provides thus: “Any person who, having a husband or wife living, marries in any case in which such marriage is void by reason of its taking place   during the life of such husband or wife, is guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for seven years.

 

Between Taiga, Oyeyinka and the alleged ‘fake quadruplets’ 

Recall, Nneka had alleged and publicized that Olorogun Taiga and his second wife, Oyeyinka are not the biological parents of the acclaimed quadruplets contrary to what Oyeyinka particularly had led the world to believe.

Nneka had earlier claimed that the four children were given birth to by three different mothers and fathers, with none from Oyeyinka and Moses Taiga.

Oyeyinka had claimed that she got pregnant and was delivered of quadruplets after attending the annual Holy Ghost Congress programme of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in the year 2000.

However, speaking further, Nneka had said: “The tale of the quadruplet is an enormous lie (a high level of misrepresentation) meant to deceive the public following several defamatory publications by Yinka about Nneka and her twins.

“Moses and Oyeyinka Taiga are not the biological parents of the acclaimed quadruplets contrary to what they had led the world to believe. The four children were given birth to by three different birth mothers, none of which was Yinka Taiga.

“Yinka procured those children from Los Angeles”.

According to reports, the birth certificates of the quadruplets (which are public documents and can be accessed by interested persons upon application to the birth registry in Los Angeles) show that a set of twin boys were born between 8.23 am and 8.31a.m and the other two children were recorded as single births and were born at 12.04 pm and 9.25 pm all on the same day (11-21-2001) at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center, 8700 Beverley BLVD, Los Angeles, USA. Howard Mandel, a medical doctor, attended to the births.

 

Certificate of the alleged ‘fake’ quadruplets allegedly showing that Moses and Oyeyinka Taiga are not the biological parents of the acclaimed quadruplets contrary to what they had led the world to believe.

 

Certificate of the alleged ‘fake’ quadruplets allegedly showing that Moses and Oyeyinka Taiga are not the biological parents of the acclaimed quadruplets contrary to what they had led the world to believe.

 

Certificate of the alleged ‘fake’ quadruplets allegedly showing that Moses and Oyeyinka Taiga are not the biological parents of the acclaimed quadruplets contrary to what they had led the world to believe.

 

Certificate of the alleged ‘fake’ quadruplets allegedly showing that Moses and Oyeyinka Taiga are not the biological parents of the acclaimed quadruplets contrary to what they had led the world to believe.

All efforts by The Witness to reach Olorogun Taiga proved futile as calls and text messages placed to his MTN mobile lines were not responded to as at press time.

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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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