New insight into recent altercations between the Senate and the Comptroller General, CG, Col. Hameed Ali, of the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, are beginning to emerge which invariably points to actions of a major smuggler, airline owner and political financier, Dahiru Mangal.

As gathered exclusively by XCLUSIVE MAGAZINE, Senate hard stance on the CG came barely days after a major operation to extradite Mangal from Chad to answer to alleged smuggling charges went awry. The smuggler and owner of Max Airline, a principal carrier for pilgrims to hajj, is believed to be the biggest smuggler in the country.

He was major financier of Late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua’s election among other top politicians from the North. Apart from politicians, traditional rulers, chiefly from Katsina, his home state are beholden to him.

He is said to have a lot of customs officers in his pocket, brings in as much as 400 trailers of contraband on each trip from the Northern borders; and escorts each of the convoy in a hilux, Toyota SUV.

“He carries with him an AK 47, regularly,” explained a customs operative who gave insight into Mangal’s operation.

“To be honest, officers of NCS always look forward to his coming at the border,” added the operative. He explained that on each trip, the man gives nothing less to N100, 000 each to every officer on duty post, doubling the share of the supervising officer.

Before the coming of Col. Ali, Mangal’s operations extended to Lagos ports. But with the hard stance of the retired colonel on smuggling, the Mangal hightailed back to his comfort zones in the North. But his operations bring in essential commodities and varieties of biscuits in the market.

Realizing that the man has dodged duties running into billions in dollars, Col. Ali had declared a major offensive on the smuggler.

Taking the battle to Mangal, the NCS had sent a crack team after Mangal. The manhunt had taken the NCS operatives to the smuggler’s palace in Chad but to no avail.

“Till date, we can’t really explain what happened during the mission because we get conflicting reports. Some said that operatives met Mangal at his home in Chad but simply informed him that he must find a way of appeasing Col. Ali.

“Others say that the operation might have been leaked ahead affording the smuggler the opportunity to escape long before our operatives got to his house in Chad,” explained our informer in the NCS.

Barely a week after the expedition, the CG got summons from the Senate asking to explain some of his operations and why he doesn’t wear uniforms. Unknown Ali, the senators had been informed before hand of
his aversion for wearing any other uniform apart from the military.

This, initially, stalled his acceptance of the job of the CG, hoping that Buhari would appoint him head of EFCC instead.

Source: Xclusive


Secret Reporters

Every competent corporate entity has a vision; accompanied with a mission statement to see the vision through. For Mr. Victor Ogiemwonyi, the Governor-General of Partnership Investment Co. Plc & Partnership Securities Ltd., he sought and saw his vision in the soul and sound of the 1925 Nobel Prize winner in Literature, George Bernard Shaw: ”The greatest of all evils and worst of crimes is Poverty. Our first duty to which every other consideration should be sacrificed is, Not to be Poor”.

This was the guiding light and driving force of Victor and his Partnership babies. He set out to conquer poverty from his household and famished family and to ensure the life of a King of Opulence while the wife becomes the Queen of Splendor, the three daughters, the exotic Smart Princesses and the only boy Kola, the Grand Inheritor.

Unfortunately, he sought to attain his noble dream by, as it is now abundantly evidenced, defrauding his trusting clients. These customers and clients in all confidence placed their hard-earned savings into his alluring softs palms. So wicked and despicable are some of his activities that he went on to fleece widows and retired old pensioners of their livelihood.

It was not as if Mr Ogiemwonyi has not sniffed opulence; even if at a distance. His Olufunke whom he slyly and strategically pursued with dexterity and alacrity to become his wife in far-away Houston, Texas in 1980 (we are unable to confirm the rumour of a second and/or third wife), was the prized daughter of Chief Henry Fajemirokun, the business mogul.

Giving credit where it is due, Fajemirokun is one of the few old-rich in Nigeria (of the league of stingy Odutola, benevolent Michael Ibru, conservative Sir Ojukwu and cheerful Dantata) who made money the hard way; they earned it, devoid of scandal, government patronage and fraud. But Ogiemwonyi and his wife had no keys to Fajemirokun locker room. They saw the treasury safe but could not touch it as Dele, the first son and scion was the Controller-General of Fajemirokun clean, old money. But the crumbs from the table that reached their hands, Victor gathered.

These, with other aids from friends, Victor gathered to start Partnership Investment Co. Ltd. at 37, Ademola Street, Off Awolowo Road, South West Ikoyi in February 1991. We have dug into the lives and times of Victor Ogiemwonyi, his family (immediate and extended), businesses, employees (past and present), friends and foes alike in order to unravel the mystification of Mr Victor Ogiemwonyi whom history with incontrovertible facts has labelled a Victor of Fraud.

It is a mixed tale of an initial noble ambition but later tainted with obscene or adulterous exuberance and gross mismanagement of funds and friendship. We will be lenient with him rather than throw him to the dogs with the mighty heaps of records and facts dug up on him, his family and associates for we detected a tiny humane and noble speck somewhere at the tip of his heart. It is ironic and tragic that Mr Ogiemwonyi, a graduate of Accountancy, supplemented with an MBA from the top-rated black institution, Texas Southern University, Houston and recently complimented with an MBA from the world’s foremost Univ. Harvard, refused to remember that short-term facilities should never be used for long-term investments especially fixed economic assets. He pulled short-term funds from unsuspecting clients, customers and friends for investment in personal residential properties.

He also forgot that old broom sweeps better rather than discarding old peers and sailing with new disloyal amateurs and novices in the area of finance, management and marketing. Today, Victor and his two companies are in the hole for almost N20 billion in debts. The funds he frittered away in luxuries are vanities belong to others and he must now pay back. But how did Victor, the son of Mr Bright Ogiemwonyi, a building contractor in Ibadan (where Victor was born in August 1955) and Victoria Omonuwa, a granite trader, come to sqander customers’ and clients’ N20 billion?

To be continued…

You can read our previous report on him here  http://secretsreporter.com/victor-fraud-dubious-life-partnership-investment-plc-boss-victor-ogiemwonyi-defrauded-stock-market-n20-billion-lives-like-king/


Secret Reporters

Unable to hold just one constituency briefing since he was elected into the Delta State House of Assembly, the member representing Ethiope East, Mr Evance Iwurie has gone on a spending spree.

Evance known by his constituents as the stingiest Deltan alive is noted for giving excuses whenever those he represents demand for money to solve pressing needs but prefers to speak grammar to turn them off.

Secret Reporters has been reliably informed that despite all his complaints of “No money in the state” which is also the governor’s national anthem; Evance in one fell swoop coughed out N30 million in hard currencies to import standing air conditioning units and furniture to Nigeria.

We gathered that he has since installed some of the ACs in his house in Lagos and Delta State. Not done with that, a source alleged that he has also concluded arrangement to buy a mansion in London. “I don’t know if he has bought it, but I heard him over the phone discussing on the payment”, the source stated.

The lawmaker is also alleged to blackmail people whenever he wants to give stipends to people by putting them on record via his watch recorder unknown to them and speaking in a very formal language to make it look like they demanded it from him, when he actually gave them freely.

To be continued…