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Emmanuel Udom-Managing Editor, Stephen Dijo Philemon-Deputy Editor, Janet Udom-Senior Correspondent, Precious Udom-Senior Correspondent, Williams Ita-Bureau Chief(Akwa Ibom/Cross River), Fabian Idoko-Senior Correspondent

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    Tuesday, 7 October 2014

    Police on the trail of loans defulters in Lagos

    Aderanti Kayode, Lagos police boss

    By Emmanuel Udom Senior Correspondent, Lagos

    Police detectives in Lagos are presently on the trail of some people who obtained loans from two companies and allegedly disappeared thereafter.
    Daily Independent gathered from police sources that one Olawuyi Olayinka, then an Assistant Manager with the defunct Intercontinental Bank of Nigeria Plc, in 2010 obtained a N355, 000 loan from Decof Investment Limited, located at 71a, Shyllon Street in Palm Groove area of Lagos.
    As at September 2012, the value of the loan with accumulated interests was said to be standing at N478, 185.
    About two years down the line, Olayinka is alleged to be playing hide-and seek game on when to repay the loan.
    Consequently, this has forced the company to issue a seven-day ultimatum to the banker to repay the loan or be prepared for legal actions.
    Also, one Timothy Zaki, a staff of the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA), Apapa, in Lagos was also granted a loan facility of N157, 800 in April 2013 by the same company, which he has failed to pay back.
    Olayinka and Zaki confirmed obtaining loans from the investment company in a telephone discussion with our correspondent, but kept mute on when they are offsetting the credit facilities.
    Moses Igbrude, Managing Director of Decof Investment Company, said at the weekend that his company was forced to petition the Lagos State Police Command in 2013 on the loan issues, after frustrated attempts made to recover the money from the two people.
    According to Igbrude, the then Police Commissioner, Umar Manko had ordered Area H police command in Ogudu to investigate the matter and report back to his office.
    Regrettably, till date, the loans have not been paid back, while the two persons involved are said to be walking the streets of Lagos, free.
    However, checks revealed that Kayode Aderanti, the new Lagos police commissioner has directed that past petitions to the police be re-opened for further investigations.
    Also, one Matthew Odewale of M.A Odewale Nigeria Enterprises, located at 4, Olusesi Street, Ikotun Egbe, Lagos in January 2014 collected N600, 000 from Opifex Ventures Limited of 7, Mobolaji Ajibola Thomas Estate Street in Ajah, Lagos, for the supply of kosso woods.
    The money, police sources in Ajah said, was paid into the Diamond Bank account of Odewale with number 0038650614.
    But Sandra Felix, an official of Opifex Ventures Limited told our correspondent on telephone that since Odewale collected the money, he has neither supplied the woods, nor refunded the money.
    “Each time we call him, he will be telling us that he has travelled either to Ekiti or Niger States for business and that he will get back to us as soon as he return from his trip”, she said.
    When our correspondent contacted Odewale on phone, he agreed that he was paid N600, 000 to supply the woods, but insisted that he has supplied the goods based on the terms of agreement entered with Opifex Ventures Limited.
    Though, Kenneth Nwosu, Lagos Police Public Relations Officer said he was not aware of the case, police sources at the command headquarters confirmed that they received a petition on the loans issues.

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