The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday filed ten charges against the former chairman of Skye Bank Plc, Mr Tunde Ayeni, over alleged laundering of about 21billion naira.

The cash in question was withdrawn from the Suspense Account of the bank by Ayeni and allegedly spent on different types of favour to people.

Ayeni, who has been in custody in the last four weeks, may be formally arraigned on Monday at the Federal High Court, Abuja.

He will face trial with a former Managing Director of Skye Bank, Timothy Ajani Oguntayo; Control Dredging Company and Royaltex Paramount Ventures Limited pursuant to Section 109(d) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015.

Ayeni was said to have transferred N3,000,000,000.00 (three billion naira) from the defunct Skye Bank Plc Suspense Account to the First City Monument Bank Plc account no. 0758662025 of Control Dredging Company Limited.

The anti-graft agency also charged Ayeni for allegedly transferring another N1,250 000, 000.00 (one billion, two hundred and fifty million naira) from the defunct Skye Bank Plc Suspense Account to the Skye Bank Plc account no. 1770380476 of Royaltex Paramount Ventures Limited.

Some of the charges are as follows:

“That you, Tunde Ayeni, whilst being the chairman, Board of Directors of the defunct Skye Bank Plc and Timothy Ajani Oguntayo, while being the Managing Director (MD) of the defunct Skye Bank Plc, on or about 24th December, 2014 at Abuja within the Abuja Judicial Division of this honourable court did conspire to commit an offence to wit, money laundering by transferring the sum of N3,000,000,000.00 (three billion naira) from the defunct Skye Bank Plc Suspense Account to the First City Monument Bank Plc account no. 0758662025 of Control Dredging Company Limited which money you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit; fraud and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 18(a) and punishable under section 15(2)(b) and (3) of the money laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended).

”That you, Tunde Ayeni, whilst being the Chairman, Board of Directors of the defunct Skye Bank Plc and Timothy Ajani Oguntayo, while being the Managing Director (MD) of the defunct Skye Bank Plc on or about the 24th December, 2014 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did commit an offence to wit, transferring the sum of N3,000,000,000.00 (three billion naira) from defunct Skye Bank Plc Suspense Account to the First City Monument Bank Plc account no. 0758662025 of Control Dredging Company Limited which money you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit; fraud and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 15(2)(b) and (3) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended).

”That you, Tunde Ayeni, whilst being the Chairman, Board of Directors of the defunct Skye Bank Plc and Control Dredging Company Limited on or about the 24th December, 2014 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did commit an offence to wit, converting the sum of N3,000,000,000.00 (three billion naira) transferred from Skye Bank Plc Suspense Account to the First City Monument Bank Plc account no. 0758662025 of Control Dredging Company Limited which money you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit; fraud and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 15(2)(b)(3) and (4) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended).

”That you, Tunde Ayeni, whilst being the Chairman, Board of Directors of the defunct Skye Bank Plc and Timothy Ajani Oguntayo, while being the Managing Director (MD) of the defunct Skye Bank Plc, on or about 25th March, 2015 at Abuja within the Abuja Judicial Division of this honourable court did conspire to commit an offence to wit, money laundering by transferring the sum of N1,250 000, 000.00 (one billion two hundred and fifty naira) from the defunct Skye bank Plc Suspense Account to the Skye Bank Plc account no. 1770380476 of Royaltex Paramount Ventures Limited which money you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit; fraud and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 18(a) and punishable under section 15(2)(b) (3) and of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended)”.

It would be recalled that the EFCC had quizzed Ayeni for alleged multiple fraud, including a controversial N1billion donation to the campaign funds of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011 by Aso Savings and Loans Plc.

You may be interested

SERAP raises dust over missing N4.1bn NASS funds, demands investigation
News
8 views
News
8 views

SERAP raises dust over missing N4.1bn NASS funds, demands investigation

Webby - May 16, 2021

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the Senate President Dr. Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker of House of Representatives…

Wike explains why curfew is being relaxed in Obio-Akpor, Port Harcourt areas
News
3 views
News
3 views

Wike explains why curfew is being relaxed in Obio-Akpor, Port Harcourt areas

Webby - May 16, 2021

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has given reasons why the state government announced the relaxation of the curfew in Obio-Akpor…

SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila, Demands Probe Of ‘Fresh Missing N4.1bn National Assembly Funds’
News
3 views
News
3 views

SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila, Demands Probe Of ‘Fresh Missing N4.1bn National Assembly Funds’

Webby - May 16, 2021

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the Senate President Dr Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker of House of Representatives…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.