Barrister Tunde Ayeni, the chairman of Skye Bank has turned down the directive of the FCT Minister, Mallam Mohammed Musa Bello that he vacates Plot 697, House 134, Aminu Kano Crescent Abuja. The billionaire businessman is laying claim to the property saying it is one of the property he bought from NITEL under a new ownership, NATCOM .
It was gathered that the said property had been sold to one Mrs Nelly Udele, a businesswoman after a competitive bid that she won and payment made to the FCT Minister’s office and duly handed over to the new owner.
No soon after the said woman took possession of the property, Mr Ayeni reportedly stormed the place with his personal bodyguards and some policemen claiming that it was one of the assets he bought from the moribund NITEL as chairman of NATCOM.
Following a report lodged by the said Mrs Udele, the honorable minister through the office of the ADHOC Committee of sale of government houses allegedly summoned Tunde Ayeni and pointedly told him that it was not one of the property he bought.
The Minister also reportedly told the Skye Bank boss that what he bought from NITEL through NATCOM were the commercial assets and that he should immediately vacate the disputed property for the rightful owner to resume possession.
It was however gathered that following the refusal of NATCOM chairman to vacate the property On February 4, 2016, the minister on February 4, 2016 approached the FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr Wilson Inalegwu and requested for policemen to evict Tunde Ayeni’s squatters from the place.
The Commissioner of Police approved the policemen and the eviction was carried out. But this lasted only for a few hours as the said Tunde Ayeni allegedly stormed the property with about seven of his armed police and personal body guards and forcefully took over the property.
Irked by this development the honourable minister, through the director ADHOC committee of sale of government houses, Mr. Jungudu, reportedly called the Ske Bank Chairman and warned him of the consequences of his action, to no avail.
But close associates of the businessman have revealed that the ADHOC committee director’s job may be threatened for daring to confront the said Mr Ayeni continued to challenge him on the said property.
However, a new twist was reportedly added to the sordid tale when another set of policemen, purportedly acting on the instructions of the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase were deployed to the property ostensibly at the instance of the said Mr Ayeni.
Insiders believe that the Skye Bank Chairman may be exploiting his alleged closeness to some top shots in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to perpetrate the heinous oppression of a private citizen – a woman.
According to sources, the NATCOM boss has reportedly boasted that he was one the major financiers of President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign and also of having provided financial assistance to the president in his days of struggle to be president of Nigeria.
Interestingly, Mr Tunde Ayeni last week sent his lawyer Mr Gbenga Fawehinmi to inform the ADHOC committee that he was going ahead to commence renovation work on the property and that if the honourable minister of FCT thinks he has a claim to the property, then he should go to court.
On March 29, 2016, NATCON allegedly moved his equipment and staff to the property and commenced renovation work of the property.
Speaking on the matter, Ademola Adedoyin the Special Adviser on communication to the Dr. Ayeni rubbished the allegation saying there was never a time the businessman and the present FCT minister have met over the purported matter.
According to him, Ayeni is not the owner of NATCON but an investor like other people on the board, hence if anybody has any issue with the company he/she should direct such grievance to the appropriate quarter adding that all verification concerning the property can be verified through government agency like Bureau of Public Enterprise that listed the property as asset of former NITEL.