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Diamond Bank, Skye Bank, Others Jostle To Acquire Enterprise Bank … Real Reason Behind Enterprise Bank Chairman, Emeka Onwuka Resigned Unveiled. + Customers Flee to Make withdrawal…

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It is no longer news that the Chairman of Enterprise Bank Ltd, Mr. Emeka Onwuka stepped down from the Board but information filtering alleged that he is set to buy the ailing bank from Asset Management Corporation Of Nigeria (AMCON).

It is said that Emeka Onwuka in a letter of resignation addressed to the Managing Director AMCON had referred to his earlier declaration of interest, intimated the management of his interest with a group of investors who intends to acquire AMCON’s shares in Enterprise bank ltd.

Reliable sources alleged that Emeka who was Group Managing Director/CEO of Diamond Bank Plc from May 2005 to February 2011 approached the board of Diamond bank to release fund to secure the purchase of the bank. It was gathered that Diamond bank doesn’t want to come out to bid for the purchase but prefer to use Emeka to penetrate the deal.

Insider of the bank who craved anonymity alleged that the resignation notice was less than normal period expected on an executive like Emeka.

Skye Bank Plc, on the other hand has indicated interest in acquiring Enterprise Bank Ltd., Timothy Oguntayo, the Group Managing Director of the bank, said in Lagos on Thursday.

Oguntayo made the development known at the bank’s pre-Annual General Meeting media briefing, adding that the bank had submitted a bid and scaled through various stages of due diligence.

“We are in the race for the acquisition of Enterprise Bank, we have scaled through the first hurdle stage and in the last due diligence stage,” Oguntayo said.

Those in know alleged that some of the ‘dirty things’ going on in Diamond Bank include bribing of top executives of both Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) and chartered Institute of Bankers (CIBN) who will facilitate the speedy acquisition by Diamond bank as other organizations are jostling for the same bank, Enterprise. It was gathered that a top executive of AMCON was given close to N200million to cede the bid in favour of Diamond bank.

An insider of Diamond bank alleged that the bank has given over N1billion to their connections in both Central Bank of Nigeria and Federal House of Representatives who are behind acquisitions of such transactions.

Finding revealed that the board of directors of Diamond bank has spent whooping amount of customer’s money to facilitate the purchase and this is affecting smooth operation in the bank. A customer who prefer anonymity divulged to us that she visited atleast two branches of Diamond bank within one week on different day to collect her money saved in the bank but met excuses that the network is down only for a her friend, a staff of Diamond bank to revealed that there is no cash on ground to pay anyone who wanted to collect huge amount of money.

To confirm the allegation, we visited two branches of Diamond bank in Lagos, a branch at Pedro B/stop in Gbagada and Abeaokuta expressway, Iyana Ipaja. The situation met confirmed what was reported as angry customers reacted to the inability of the bank to pay cash and mammoth crowd waiting to get there transactions done.

Though there were more than 20 bidders that have indicated interests in the purchase of Enterprise Bank, which not only underscored the attractiveness of the bank but vindicated the decision of the corporation to start with the bank, Diamond bank’s strategy to make the acquisition a reality is making the management to sack staffs to reduce overhead on staffs.

Additional report has it that, Jimoh Ibrahim who was one of the latest investors to bid has been shopping for a real investment in the banking industry to revitalize some of troubled companies which had nosedived.

Sources said that, Jimoh who is still a big player in the oil & gas business, newspaper publications, insurance, hospitality among others is still angry due to the way his investment in the aviation sector collapsed and has been making several moves to invest in a better industry.

Meanwhile, Femi Obateru is spearheading the interest of Obat Oil in the deal.

He is the Managing Director of Obat Petroleum and in charge of extensive operations of the family investment with a growing hold in the aviation sector. To succeed, interested parties need to pay all the debt of AMCON, including the 100% stake in Enterprise Bank and Femi is said to have put all machineries in place in achieving this project.

Findings revealed that Daimond bank has lay off over 500 staffs since inception of the idea to acquire Enterprise bank. According to investigations, Diamond bank is also involved in extortion scam, deducting money from customer’s account without approval.

It could be recalled that Onwuka has had a successful career in the banking industry. He has contributed immensely in the development of the banking industry in the last 20 years and Diamond bank in particular. It was his pedigree that earned him his appointment as the Chairman of Enterprise Bank Ltd, one of the nationalised banks. This singular appointment is in recognition of his sterling banking qualities and his ability to turn around and reposition the bank for greater heights.

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My son’s death a test from God – Heartbroken Gov. Sule

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Heartbroken Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State on Friday said the death of his son, Hassan, is a test from God.

Hassan, 36, died on Thursday after a brief illness.

He spoke while receiving condolences at the palace of his father, the Sarkin Gudi, Alhaji Sule Bawa, in Akwanga LGA.

Sule said he was the one consoling somebody who lost his nine children and 70 cows the previous day and that today God decided to test him, to see whether he was sincere in consoling that bereaved father.

“This is my time to be tested. I see this as a test from God. I was the person consoling somebody that lost his 9 children and 70 cows yesterday, and today God decided to test me, to see whether I was sincere in consoling that bereaved father,” he said in a report by The Punch.

According to him, his son grew up carrying all his siblings along, saying that it was only God that has the power to take him away.

Sule added that his son was the one taking decisions on their businesses, saying that he was always on hand to advice him on what next to do, as his schedule would not allow him to run any business.

The governor insisted that God took him away to test hi resilience and faith.

“God didn’t seek my advice when he gave Hassan to me and he will not seek my advice when he takes him away,” he said.

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Senate summons Kyari, CEO NNPCL over N48 billion pipeline surveillance contract awarded to Tompolo

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The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions has summoned the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Mr. Mele Kyari, over a N48 billion pipeline surveillance contract awarded to stakeholders in the Niger Delta region.
The pipeline surveillance contract was awarded by the Federal Government to Global West Vessel Specialist Limited, a private maritime security firm founded by Government Ekpemupolo, an erstwhile Commander of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) also known as Tompolo.

The Tompolo-owned firm was expected to protect all the oil pipelines criss-crossing nearly all the states in the Niger Delta in collaboration with other major stakeholders in the oil bearing communities in the region.
Specifically, Tompolo is expected to carry out the N4 billion per month contract that covers Delta, Ondo, Imo, Rivers and some parts of Bayelsa State in collaboration with major tribes along the communities that host the oil pipelines.

However the Isoko Ethnic Nationality has petitioned the Senate alleging that their young men were not being carried along in the multi-billion naira project.

The Isoko people under the auspices of Interested Isoko Youth Groups, through a petition sent to the Senate on their behalf by Stanley Okonmah, said they were completely marginalised in the contract award.
The lsoko Ethnic Nationality requested the Senate to probe the award of the contract and prevail on the NNPCL’s management to award a fresh contract to a company owned by an Isoko person.

Specifically, the people urged the Senate to look into the matter and urged the Minister of Petroleum Resources and the Group Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) to correct the anomaly.

They want the NNPCL to award the pipeline surveillance contract to a company to be chosen by stakeholders of Isoko nation.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Senator Ayo Akinyelure (PDP – Ondo Central), at a session in Abuja, said the GCEO of the NNPCL was being summoned to the Senate for him to come and assure the Isoko people that the agency would do the needful to avoid economic sabotage by the aggrieved youths of the area.
He said, “The GCEO of the NNPCL is hereby summoned by the Senate Committee on Ethics Privileges and Public Petitions (to appear before this committee) on January 25.

“We want him to come and assure Nigerians that he would do the needful to calm down the youths so that they will not engage in pipeline vandalism.”

Earlier, the leadership of the Isoko youths told the panel that since oil was discovered in their land and pipelines installed there in 1958, till date, no case of vandalism had been recorded in the area.

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Confusion at Lagos Airport as Workers Embark On Strike…… Passengers Stranded!(Photos)

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Several passengers were stranded this morning at the Murtala Mohammed International airport as airport workers began strike starting from midnight.

passengers were spotted all around with airlines having little information on the way forward.

for instance, virgin Atlantic passengers that were due for London trip this morning were helpless as many had to reschedule their flights and many left loitering around

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