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Alleged N11.7bn fraud: Dont release funds to former Zenith Bank staff, wife, banks ordered

By Francis IWUCHUKWU

Bamise Samson Ajetunmobi (Right) and Wife, Anuoluwapo
 
All banks in Nigeria have been restrained from releasing funds to a former Zenilth Bank staff, Bamise Samson Ajetunmobi, and his companies: Imagine Global Holding Company Limited and Imagine Global Solutions Limited.

The restraining order was issued by the High Court of Lagos State sitting in Osborne, presided over by Justice Abdullahi Oyekan-Abdullai, who also restrained Samson’s wife, Elizabeth Anuoluwapo Ajetunmobi, from accessing funds up to N11, 795, 090 billion, in their accounts pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice for Mareva Injunction.

The judge arrived at the decision whilst granting a Mareva injunction on October 24, 2021, following an October 15, 2021 ex-parte application in Suit no: LD/579CM/2021, filed by the Claimants/applicants, through their counsel, Adetunji Adedoyin-Adeniyi.

In their legal offensive, the claimants/applicants are contending that they are aggrieved Nigerians who had invested their funds in Imagine Global Holding Company Limited and Imagine Global Solutions Limited.

According to the motion, the N11,795 billion is the outstanding investments and return on investments accruing to the Claimants/Applicants from the defendants.

The judge stopped the financial institutions in the interim, from dealing in any manner whatsoever with any and all monies and/or whatsoever assets due to the Defendants from any account whatsoever maintained by the first to fourth defendants and also all accounts with BVN: 22168443525 (third defendant) and BVN:22141952749 (fourth defendant), wherever situate up to the N11, 795, 090 billion.

The Mareva injunction also restrained the defendants, in the interim, from dealing with any and all of the monies standing to their credit in any accounts in the banks up to the amount.

It further restrained the defendants from selling, transferring, assigning and/or dealing with the following properties: Apartment 7, Oakwood Residences, 23, Cooper Street, Ikoyi, Lagos and B4, Gate 3, Lafiaji Road, Victoria Crescent Estate, Olugborogon, Chevron, Lekki, Lagos or any other properties of the first, second, third and fourth defendants, that can be traced and located by the Claimants/Applicants, during the pendency of the suit.

Justice Abdullahi-Oyekan also directed the Banks to file and serve on the Claimants/Applicants’ Counsel within 7 days of service of the order on them, an affidavit disclosing the balance on the defendants’ accounts.

The judge further directed the applicants to file an undertaking as to damage in case the order ought not to have been made, while adjourning the matter till November 3, for a report of compliance by the Banks.

Some of the banks are Citi Bank Nigeria, Ecobank Nigeria; Fidelity Bank; First Bank, First City Monument Bank, Globus Bank; Heritage Bank; Jaiz Bank; Keystone Bank; Polaris Bank, Providus Bank; Stanbic IBTC Bank; Standard Chartered Bank; Sterling Bank; Union Bank; Unity Bank, Wema Bank; Zenith Bank and others.

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