The Managing Director of Superior Textiles Limited, Abraham Adeniji has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of lying against him and that he never obtained goods under false pretence and diversion of funds to the tune of N82.8 million.
The Lagos Zonal Command of the EFCC had in a statement issued to the media said it has arrested Adeniji for allegedly obtaining goods under false pretence and diversion of funds to the tune of N82, 803,550.00.
A statement issued by EFCC’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren said Adeniji was arrested following a petition received by the Commission from one Gao Shu Quin, a Chinese national.
But Adeniji, in a rejoinder said the report the EFCC circulated in the media against him was false, malicious and defamatory.
Read the full rejoinder below
A REJOINDER TO THE PUBLICATION BY THE ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION (EFCC) MADE ON TUESDAY OCTOBER 5, 2021
On Tuesday, October 5, 2021. the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) published in various print and online media including PM News, The Nigerian News Direct and on her website a news item captioned “Nigeria’s Adeniji Smashed for defrauding Chinese Gao Shu Quin N 82.8m” amongst other varied headlines.
In the body of the said publication my photograph was displayed with a board indicating EFCC Lagos Zonal Office, my name, CR/NO 2158/2021 Section PFS/TA and offence indicated as Alleged Criminal diversion of goods.
The publication further stated that I obtained goods under false pretence to the tune of N82,803,550:00k since 2017 and diverted the proceed for personal use.
This story in completely false, malicious and defamatory and I have requested my lawyers to take the necessary steps in the circumstance.
THE TRUE STORY
I am the managing Director of Superior Textiles Limited which caries on the business of sales of Textile materials among other business.
I met the Chinese woman Gao Shu Qin sometime in the year 2017 and she uses any of the following companies for her transactions: 5 Star Nigeria Limited, Easy Akcess Nigeria Limited, Akcess prospects Nigeria limited and Sabiz Feeds and Fertilizer. All sums due to her are usually paid in to any of the above company accounts inline with her instructions.
We have since then done business in very high volumes without any hitches. The nature of the business is to receive a supply of containers of Textile materials from the company and credit the company’s account as the materials are solid. At any point where we require further supply both parties will balance the sales account and any outstanding unpaid is carried over and record of all new supplies are kept by both parties.
This continued until sometime in November the year 2020 when Gao Shu Qin came over to my office requiring that we document the outstanding indeptedness at the time in the form of an agreement as she intended to show same to her mother company in China and she gave a commitment in paragraphs 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 which captures the tradition of the business.
For the avoidance of doubt the paragraphs read this:
The supplier variously supplied the customer wit textiles materials and the customer is indebted to the supplier to the tune of N82, 803, 550.00 (Eighty Two Million, Eight Hundred and Three Thousand, Five Hundred and Fifty Naira) only, resulting from various transactions between the supplier and the customer.
The supplier agrees to continue from time to time during the lifespan of this agreement, to supply the customer with at least two containers of textiles materials every calendar month while the customer undertakes to settle up the outstanding debt of N82, 803, 550.00 (Eighty Two Million, Eight Hundred and Three Thousand, Five Hundred and Fifty Naira) only by paying N15, 000,000.00 (Fifteen Million Naira) every six calendar months which includes the clearances costs until the total outstanding debt is completely liquidated.
The parties agree that the customer shall be the sole agent/distributor of the supplier in the whole of Lagos State of Nigeria and that whosoever intends to do business of buying the goods supplied by the supplier in the State shall do so only through the customer, provided that the supplier’s compliance with this paragraph depends entirely on the customer’s compliance with and commitment to the terms and conditions contained in this agreement.
The parties agree that the costs of clearance of any goods supplied shall be paid by the customer, provided that the supplier shall reimburse the customer the clearance costs which will form part of the N15, 000,000.00 (Fifteen Million Naira) the customer agrees to pay every six calendar month to enable it liquidated the said outstanding debt of N82, 803, 550.00 (Eighty Two Million, Eight Hundred and Three Thousand, Five Hundred and Fifty Naira).
In the event the customer does not have money to pay for the clearance at a particular time, the supplier will pay for the clearance fees.
The supplier will also open an office in Lagos State which will serve as an overseer of sales of the goods supplied to the customer, the rent of the office shall be paid by the customer, provided that the rent of the warehouse used to keep the goods shall be shared equally between the supplier and the customer.
The amount of indebtedness at the time of the written agreement and the was N82, 803, 550.00 (Eighty Two Million, Eight Hundred and Three Thousand, Five Hundred and Fifty Naira) only to be offset by payment of the sum of N15,000,000 (Fifteen Million Naira) every six calendar months which includes the clearance costs until the total outstanding debt is completely liquidated.
Gao Shu Qin on November 14, 2020 returned with her copy of the agreement and requested me to give her a security for the outstanding debt which was adjusted to N82, 803, 550: 00 (Eighty-Two Million, Eight Hundred and Three Thousand, Five Hundred and Fifty Naira) only by virtue of payments which I had already made. I handed over to her the original copy of my property in Alimosho valued at N65, 000, 000 (Sixty-Five Million naira) only.
Interestingly, after this agreement was executed, I paid the sum of N53, 846, 000 (Fifty-Three Million, Eight Hundred and Forty-Six Thousand naira) only into Gao Shu Qin’s Company account and other accounts supplied by her which sum was for the existing stock of goods in the store. The last payment to her was on 25th January, 2021 when I paid him the sum of N2,340,000 (Two Million Three Hundred and forty Thousand Naira) in to the account of Sabiz Feeds and Fertilizer.
Since the agreement was executed, no single container of textile materials was supplied to me despite my remitting over N52, 000, 000 (Fifty-Two Million naira) only to Gao Shu Qin.
I severally called Gao Shu Qin to demand for reason why she is not keeping up with the agreement by supplying textiles as undertaken by her but her excuse was that the parent company in China was yet to release the goods. I then informed her that if the business was no longer appealing to her, she should, as is the custom, refund all expenses for the payment for warehouses and shop outlets around Lagos so we could establish new contacts in the business and do business with other company/persons. Our claim for refunds which were jointly verified by both parties is well over N50, 000, 000 (Fifty Million naira) only.
This was what prompted Gao Shu Qin to write a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission boasting that she will deal with me as she knows everyone at the top in the Commission.
MY ARREST AND DETENTION
I got an invitation from the E.F.CC to report to its Lagos Zonal Office for questioning in an on-going investigation on the 9th September, 2021.
Upon receipt of the notice of the said invitation, I caused my solicitors to respond to the invitation of the E.F.C.C informing them of my unavailability since I was in Abuja at the time and that I would be at their office on Tuesday the 18th day of September, 2021. Despite this letter duly acknowledged by the E.F.C.C on 9th September, 2021 the E.F.C.C invaded my home at Lekki in Lagos with a truck load of policemen armed to the teeth seeking to arrest me. This was repeated the following day.
As promised in my letter I reported to the E.F.C.C on 18th September, 2021 and was asked to make a statement and a few days later I was given some onerous bail conditions which I struggled to meet up with.
Little did I know that my photograph taken during the process of interrogation and several Publications had been sent out to the public domain insinuating that I obtained goods from Gao Shu Qin under false pretence. I make bold to say that at no point in time did Gao Shu Qin or anybody release goods to me on any false pretence.
My account details are there to prove that payments have always been made to Gao Shu Qin up till 25th January, 2021.
CIVIL SUIT IN HIGH COURT OF KANO STATE.
To ventilate my grievance against Gao Shu Qin for her breach of the agreement entered into in November,2020, I filed a civil suit No: K/445/2021 in the High court of Kano state BETWEEN SUPERIOR TEXTILES LIMITED & ANOR VS. AKCESS PROSPECTED NIGERIA LIMITED & ANOR wherein I am seeking damages against her for breach of contract. A copy of processes filed in this suit was given to the E.F.C.C but was discountenanced by her officers.
After several consultations I have decided to assert my right by consistently following the path of truth and justice by redeeming my image via instituting a Fundamental Rights action to assert the civil nature of the contract and to restrain the E.F.C.C from allowing itself and it’s machinery to be used and exploited by foreign citizens for the oppression of Nigerians and seeking to turn to a civil case into criminal case and dehumanising, degrading and humiliating Nigeria business partners on the pretext that they know our system better than we do and so must do business in any manner they dictate, including blackmail.
While I take the above steps and many others, I call upon the E.F.C.C to as a matter of urgency withdraw the publication under reference and tender to me an unreserved apology.
Mr. Abraham Adeniji
Culled from naijakoko.com
Snake found nestled inside bottled water pack
A man was shocked to find a snake nestled inside a pack of bottled water.
The snake managed to stay hidden and remained undetected, the man said as he shared photos online.
He said the snake was only noticed when it was taken to the point of sale.
Photos shared online show the snake in the pack of bottled water and also on the floor after it was removed from the pack.
US Tech Company: Multi-millionaire Founder Accused of Grooming and Sexually Harassing His Friend’s Daughter, 23
Multi-millionaire founder of an advised by former UK prime minister David Cameron
Zia Chishti, 50, a multi-millionaire founder of the software company Afiniti, has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by a former employee.
The American call centre technology company founder allegedly beat 23-year-old Tatiana Spottiswoode while having sex with her on a work trip to Brazil in 2017, leaving her injured. He was accused of grooming and sexually harassing his friend’s daughter.
He then allegedly told her that ‘he should have had sex with me when I was thirteen years old’, according to testimony she gave to a US Congressional committee.
Today, Mr. Cameron’s spokesman announced he had stepped down from the role.
Ms. Spottiswoode said she met Mr. Chishti when she was 12 or 13, and met him again when she was a student at Columbia Law School.
She told the committee: ‘When I was in my senior year of college, in December 2014, Chishti, who was 43 at the time, invited me on a ski trip. I was 21.
‘I initially declined, but he insisted he wanted me to meet his nephew, who also studied philosophy. So I agreed. I later learned that the nephew, who never showed up, didn’t exist.’
‘The trip was designed to groom me. Chishti told me he had feelings and showed me an extravagant lifestyle.’
Ms. Spottiswoode said she rejected him but eventually dated him about five times over ten weeks before eventually breaking off the relationship.
She continued: ‘Months later, Chishti encouraged me to join his company. He presented a rosy picture of a great career opportunity. I believed him. Chishti told me he did not expect a sexual relationship.’
When Ms. Spottiswoode joined his company in 2016, she said she signed a contract that included an arbitration agreement with a ‘strong confidentiality clause’.
She went on to describe a toxic work environment, saying he ‘ocellated between pressurizing me for sex and punishing me’.
‘During a work meeting in Dubai, he put his hands under my pants and grabbed my butt in front of co-workers,’ she said.
Ms. Spottiswoode went on to describe another work trip to Brazil.
‘I avoided him as much as I could but was under increasing pressure from him. I began to worry that, in addition to wanting sex, Chishti wanted to hurt me and punish me for rejecting him,’ she said.
‘I felt completely trapped and hopeless. I was 23 and very far from home.
‘I didn’t want to lose my job, I didn’t want him to get any angrier, I did not feel that anyone would protect me and I was too tired to argue with him anymore. I went to his room where he beat me while having sex with me.
‘I told him he was hurting me, he said, ”Good”. He told me he should’ve had sex with me when we first met when I was 13-years-old.
‘I hid in my hotel room until my flight the next day. My body was covered with scratches, cuts, and contusions.
‘I had bruises around my neck that looked like I had been strangled, a large bump on my head, and a black eye. A nurse at the hospital said I had the symptoms of a concussion.’
Mr. Cameron, 55, joined Afiniti as the chairman of its advisory board in 2019, two years after the incident is alleged to have taken place.
A source close to the former prime minister told The Daily Telegraph he did not know about the allegations until they were aired in Congress.
Afiniti provides artificial intelligence software for managing call centres.
EndSARS: Lagos Panel reportedly indicts Nigerian Army and Police, says they shot live bullet and killed Lekki Tollgate protesters while singing National Anthem
The Lagos State Judicial Panel on #EndSARS submitted its report to the Lagos State Government today, November 15.
Sahara Reporters reports that the panel in the report which is yet to be made public as promised by the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, clearly found the Nigerian Army and police fired live bullets at peaceful protesters at the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020. It also concluded that the “deliberate absence of officers of the Nigerian Army who were present at the Lekki Toll Gate and who were summoned by the Panel was a calculated attempt to conceal material evidence from the Panel”.
According to SaharaReporters, the panel in its report found
“From the evidence of General A.I.Taiwo (Commander, 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, Nigerian Army, Victoria Island, Lagos) on pages 6, 7, 21, 22, the Panel finds that both blank and live bullets were fired by the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020, for the following reasons:
Apart from the military men in uniform, the Army left its base with vehicles, rifles and guns, which contained both live and blank bullets. General Taiwo admitted at page 22 that the Army went to the Lekki Toll Gate with live ammunition.
As of October 30, 2020, when the Panel visited the Lekki Toll Gate for its on the spot assessment, it was still able to recover two bullets shells which were duly analyzed by the forensic expert hired by the Panel, Sentinel, who is very familiar with weapons used by the Nigerian Army. These bullet shells were said to be the same as or similar to the ones normally used by the Nigerian Army and they were expended shells, meaning they were fired live at the Lekki Toll Gate.
Petitioners and witnesses appeared before the Panel to give vivid accounts of shootings by the Army into the crowd of protesters. The Panel finds their testimonies credible being eyewitness accounts and would ascribe probative value to their testimony over that of General Taiwo who was not physically present at the Lekki Toll Gate.
The Panel finds as credible, the case of the EndSARS protesters that soldiers shot directly at protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020 as confirmed by Lagos State Ballistic Expert, Willie-Harry on page 244 that some video evidence indicate “… instances where troops were seen to be re-arming their weapons before either discharging them to the air or purposely in the direction of the protesters …”
The Panel believes that the deliberate absence of officers of the Nigerian Army who were present at the Lekki Toll Gate and who were summoned by the Panel was a calculated attempt to conceal material evidence from the Panel and verily believes that their presence would have damaged the case of the Nigerian Army.
The Panel finds the evidence, presentation and report of the Ballistic Expert engaged by Lagos State as too general and unrelated to the specific evidence before the Panel on the Lekki Toll Gate Incident. The said report was based largely on extraneous materials that were not produced or tendered before the Panel in order to determine their source or relevance. The witness admitted that he did not work with any document or video admitted before the Panel, he did not speak with any of the protesters or petitioners, the doctors or the pathologists or indeed any other relevant witness known to the Panel.”
On injuries from Lekki Tollgate, the Panel
“finds that the testimony of Dr Babajide Lawson of Reddington Hospital as to the nature of treatment offered victims of the Lekki Toll Gate Incident in relation to gunshot wounds which were high velocity ‘entry and exit’, all indicate injuries from military weapons, consistent with the bullet shells recovered by the Panel during its visit and the witnesses that testified before the Panel”.
It also “finds corroboration of the case of gunshot wounds in the testimony of Dr. Aromolate Ayobami of Grandville Trauma Centre, where several victims of gunshot wounds were treated comprehensively and discharged.
“The testimony of the EndSARS protesters, especially Miss Serah Ibrahim, Mr. Onileowo Legend, Miss Dabira Ayuku, Miss Kamsichukwu (all of whom were personally present at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20), as to the fact that the Army shot live bullets, video evidence of casualties, fatalities, etc, all lend credence to the fact that the Army shot at the protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20 2020 which resulted into deaths and other physical injuries.”
The panel also noted that General Taiwo was shown video clip – 202010.wa0313 of Hq81D file – where protesters were shouting that the army had shot and killed.
The panel said
“He admitted seeing someone lying on ground with what looked like blood but stated that the video was fake when he did not produce his own original video on behalf of the Army.
The testimony and report of Professor John Obafunwa, a Forensic Pathologist of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, showed that three (3) corpses were deposited at the Mainland Hospital, Yaba Hospital, all from the Lekki Toll Gate and the autopsy conducted thereon revealed death from bleeding caused by penetrating objects or rifled weapon.
The Panel finds that the fact of lack of identity of some of the other 96 corpses on the list supplied by Professor Obafunwa would not obliterate the fact that some of them could have come from the Lekki Toll Gate Incident of October 20, 2020 or that some other unidentified corpses may have been removed by their families or the military, as claimed by the EndSARS protesters, far and beyond the list tendered by Professor Obafunwa.
The Panel finds that most of the 96 corpses for which autopsies were conducted by Professor Obafunwa remain unidentified but they were labelled with EndSARS, apparently lending credence to the case of the EndSARS protesters that the shootings by security agencies resulted in mass deaths.
The Panel finds that the manner of the occurrence of the incidences at the Lekki Toll Gate did not present proper procedure of cordoning off the scene, inviting forensic experts and pathologists, crime experts and others involved in such situations.
The Panel finds that difficulty in identifying the corpses could have been avoided had Lagos State Government provided timely and adequate funding to conduct DNA tests as was done in the cases of DANA Air crash and Synagogue Church building collapse.
The Panel is reluctant to accept the view that a large number of the corpses tagged unknown were from the riot in Ikoyi Correctional Centre, being an institution with proper records to identify such corpses and that these may be part of the Lekki Toll Gate casualties.
In particular, General Taiwo admitted knowledge of Major Osoba Olaniyi, who put out a statement on behalf of the Nigerian Army admitting that the Army was present at the Lekki Toll Gate and they shot but not at the protesters.
The Panel finds that the firing of live bullets by the Army at genuine protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020, resulted in grievous injuries and the loss of lives of the protesters.
Panel also finds that the shooting of the protesters by the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020 was unwarranted, excessive, provocative and unjustifiable in the circumstances of the state of the protests which was peaceful and orderly.”
The panel also noted the evidence before it “shows that after the Nigerian Army left, the Nigeria Police Force, followed up with the killing of the protesters, shooting directly at fleeing protesters into the shanties and the Lagoon at the Lekki Phase 1 Foreshore, close to the Lekki Toll Gate, floating corpse and one-shot close to Serah Ibrahim.”
Also in its findings, the panel noted
“That the Nigerian Army was invited for intervention in the State and was deployed to Lekki Toll Gate on the 20th of October 2020. At the Lekki Toll Gate, officers of the Nigerian Army shot, injured and killed unarmed helpless and defenseless protesters, without provocation or justification, while they were waving the Nigerian Flag and singing the National Anthem and the manner of assault and killing could in context be described as a massacre.
The Panel also found that the conduct of the Nigerian Army was exacerbated by its refusal to allow ambulances render medical assistance to victims who required such assistance. The Army was also found not to have adhered to its own Rules of Engagement.
The Panel found that the Nigerian Police Force deployed its officers to the Lekki Toll Gate on the night of the 20th October, 2020 and between that night and the morning of the 21st of October, 2020, its officer shot at, assaulted and battered unarmed protesters, which led to injuries and deaths. The police officers also tried to cover up their actions by picking up bullets.
The panel found that LCC hampered the panel’s investigation by refusing to turn over some useful and vital information/evidence as requested by the Panel and the Forensic Expert engaged by the panel, even where such information and evidence was by the company’s admission, available. It manipulated the incomplete CCTV Video footage of the Lekki Toll Gate on the night of the 20th of October 2020, which it tendered before the Panel.
The Panel found that there was an invitation of the Nigerian Army to Lagos State made by the Lagos State Government through the Governor before the hierarchy of the Nigerian Army deployed its soldiers to the Lekki Toll Gate on the night of the 20th of October.
The Panel found that there was an attempt to cover up the Incident of the 20th of October by the cleaning of the Lekki Toll Gate and the failure to preserve the scene ahead of potential investigations.”
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