Fri. Sep 29th, 2023

N11.7bn Fraud: Court Bars banks From releasing funds To  Ex-Zenith Bank Staff, Bamise Ajetunmobi, Wife

Bamise Samson Ajetunmobi (Right) And Wife Anuoluwapo

N11.7bn Fraud: Court Bars banks From releasing funds To  Ex-Zenith Bank Staff, Bamise Ajetunmobi, Wife 

A Lagos State High Court sitting at Osborne, Ikoyi, has restrained all banks in Nigeria from releasing funds to a former Zenilth Bank Plc’s staff, Bamise Samson Ajetunmobi, and his companies: Imagine Global Holding Company Limited and Imagine Global Solutions Limited.

The court also restrained Samson’s wife, Elizabeth Anuoluwapo Ajetunmobi or 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 court presided over Justice Abdullahi Oyekan-Abdullai, made the order while 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 of AAA Chambers.

The claimants/applicants in the suit are aggrieved Nigerians who heavily invested their funds in Imagine Global  and According to motion, the N11,795 billion, is the outstanding investments and return on investments accruing to the Claimants/Applicants from the defendants.

The court barred the banks 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 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 adjourned the matter till November 3, for report of compliance by the bank’s.

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.