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NDLEA freezes N20bn in Mallinson Ukatu’s 103 bank accounts

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has confiscated N20bn lodged in 103 bank accounts belonging to Lagos socialite and businessman, Mallinson Ukatu, who is being held in Ikoyi Custodial Centre for drug dealing.

The NDLEA has also filed 23-count charges against the socialite and his six companies -Fruitroprics Industries Limited, Mallinson and Partners Limited, NISPO Porcelain Company Limited, MBL Multi-links Services Limited, NISPO Oil and Gas Limited and Urban Space Services Limited- before the Federal High Court, Abuja.

The charges dated August 4, 2022, were signed by the Director, Prosecution and Legal Services, J. Sunday, J. Obi, Bridget Viasimah, J. Aernan and the Prosecuting Counsel, Mike Kassa, on behalf of the Attorney-General of the Federation.

The drug agency had earlier obtained an interim seizure of 25 properties belonging to Ukatu who was arrested for allegedly importing tramadol valued at N3bn into the country.

The billionaire was said to have used Fruitropics Industries Limited’s United Bank for Africa account no. 1006588563 to illegally convert N123.8m which is deemed to be proceeds of an unlawful act, contrary to section 15(2)(b) and punishable under section 15(3) and (4) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended).

The first defendant was also alleged to have, between January 1, 2018 and September 23, 2021, used Mallinson and Partners Limited’s UBA account no. 1001228653 to convert N1.447bn which was a proceed of crime in violation of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended).

Count six read, “That you, Ukatu Mallinson, male, adult and Mallinson & Partners Limited, a corporate body registered in Nigeria, between July 25, 2017 and October 14, 2021 in Nigeria, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court using Mallinson & Partners Limited’s Access Bank account no. 0004974284 converted the sum of $347, 755 knowingly or reasonably ought to have known to be proceeds of an unlawful act and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15(2)(b) and punishable under section 15(3) and (4) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended).”

The drug agency further accused the businessman of using Multi-Links Service Limited’s Access Bank account no. 0720857089 to convert N52.4m between January 1, 2017 and October 14, 2021.

Count 13 read, “That you, Ukatu Mallinson, male, adult and Mallinson & Partners Limited, a corporate body registered in Nigeria, between January 2, 2019 and October 14, 2021 in Nigeria, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court using Mallinson & Partners Limited’s Access Bank Plc account no. 0006750241 converted the sum of N10.875bn knowingly or reasonably ought to have known to be proceeds of an unlawful act and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2)(b) and punishable under Section 15(3) and (4) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended).’’

The accused was also said to have between January 7, 2018 and October 14, 2021, used Access Bank Plc’s account no. 0006744778 operated by Mallinson and Partners to convert N7.201bn, contrary to the money laundering laws.

The FG also complained that the first defendant laundered $643, 024.67 using Access Bank’s account no. 0021354930 belonging to Mallinson and Partners Limited.

This allegedly occurred between February 6, 2019 and October 14, 2021.

The businessman was also alleged to have laundered $260, 268.25 in Access Bank Plc’s account no. 0076058733 belonging to NISPO Porcelain Company Limited between January 1, 2017 and October 14, 2021.

The prosecutor further revealed that Ukatu laundered N895.6m 727.49 in Access Bank’s account no. 0053720969 operated by Mallinson & Partners Limited between January 2, 2019 and October 14, 2021.

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Tenant sues landlady for refusing to sell her house to him

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A high court in Lagos has dismissed a case filed by one Ademola Onitiju, a tenant, who sued his landlady for not selling her house to him.

In 2021, Onitiju, a retired air commodore and legal practitioner, took Theodosia Ogunnaike, the landlady of a four-bedroom duplex at Dolphin Estate in Ikoyi, to court for selling the property to another person after his initial negotiation with her.

The 59-year-old tenant, who started residing in the house in December 2015, said the property was first offered to him as first option to purchase but he did not pay for it immediately. Onitiju said he was initially asked to pay N170 million for the property, but he offered to pay N90 million instead, which was rejected by the landlady.

The retired airforce officer said during the renegotiation process, he sold two family properties to enable him to match the purchase price of N135 million which was later requested for. He said he asked for a bank account detail to pay the purchase price, but he was not provided with any until the property was sold out to one Samuel Dare, a retired colonel.

Onitiju admitted that the defendants did not ask him to sell the two family properties, “but they did by conduct when they insisted on the N135 million purchase price”. He also told the court that he does not have evidence of where the N135 million was lodged.

The tenant asked the court to set aside the sale of the property to the retired colonel.

Ogunnaike, a widow, said the property belongs to her daughter but she was managing it for her. The landlady said Onitiju used to pay his N4.5 million annual rent to her bank account and the rent was not increased during his stay, while they had a cordial relationship.

The landlady said the offer to buy the house was first made to Onitiju, but he did not have money to pay. Then, she terminated the offer made to the retired airforce officer after he made two counter offers of N90 million and N1oo million, and the sale of the property was thrown open to the public.

In her ruling on June 20, 2022, Bola Okikiolu-Ighile, the presiding judge, said Onitiju’s evidence before the court did not support any of the reliefs sought by him, and his case was bereft of facts. She subsequently dismissed the case.

“I find it difficult to grant any of the reliefs sought in the claims (i)-(vii). The claimant shall relinquish possession of the property to the new owners forthwith,” the judge ruled.

Onitiju has, however, appealed against the judgment.

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Fuel scarcity: Expect flight delays, Air Peace tells passengers

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The management of Air Peace has announced possible flight delays as a result of scarcity of aviation fuel popularly known as Jet A1.


The airline disclosed this in a statement via its official Instagram handle obtained by our correspondent.


The statement reads, “Please anticipate delays on our service as we are grappling with fuel scarcity, which is causing us multiple delays.


“We hope the situation will restore to normal soon. We regret the impact of this on your plans.”

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Lagos thugs attack Akeem Adeyemi while on movie set (Video)

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Akeem Adeyemi, the Nollywood actor, has been attacked by thugs on a movie set in Lagos.

Wunmi Toriola, an actress, disclosed this via her Instagram page on Tuesday.

She said Adeyemi was attacked by “area boys” while he was filming in the Gbagada axis of the state.

Toriola also shared a video wherein Adeyemi is seen with a bloody eye lamenting about the “brutal attack”.

“See what area boys did. To what end. Peaceful filming turned this. Help. Sawmill Gbagada,” she wrote.

Reacting to the incident, Adebayo Salami, the ace actor, revealed that the culprit has been arrested.

He also charged the Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) to intervene and ensure the safety of its members.

“This is an unacceptable experience. Though I am glad to know that the culprit has been apprehended by officers of the law, I enjoin the leadership of @tampanglobal to look into this situation as a matter of urgency,” he wrote.

“The safety and security of filmmakers are paramount to us. Beyond the physical assault, losing a day of production means more money has to be spent above the budgeted funds. No filmmaker wants to go through such stress. So sorry @iamakeemadeyemi and other production members.”

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