The Chicason Group has lastly opened up on what transpired between the organisation and the woman referred to as Amina Villa, who was paraded lately by the Division of State Providers for utilizing the title of the First Girl, Mrs Aisha Buhari, to defraud the organisation.
In an announcement signed by Chicason Group’s Head of Company Communications, Mr Isa Haruna Gamson, the Chicason Group gave a blow-by-blow account of the transaction between it and Amina Mohammed (often known as “Amina Villa”):
“Someday in July 2017, a conventional ruler approached the Chairman/CEO of Chicason Group of Firms, Chief (Dr) Alexander Chika Okafor, KSC, OON, and knowledgeable him that the property beside Chief Okafor’s residence in Ikoyi, Lagos, made up of two plots belonging to the Court docket of Enchantment, was up on the market by the Federal Authorities Implementation Committee on disposal of FG Landed Property. The Royal Father mentioned that he would have utilized for it however was in need of funds, however requested Chief Okafor to use for it. He gave Chief Okafor the varieties to fill for the property.
“Though the Chairman of Chicason Group had NEVER purchased any property from the Federal Authorities, he determined to present this a attempt due to the seemingly trusted supply. He received the varieties crammed for the 2 plots by means of two firms beneath the Chicason Group: Cason Travels Ltd and Uslasiya Nigeria Ltd.
“Two weeks after, he acquired a name from a woman, who was recognized by Truecaller as “Amina Villa.” She launched herself because the sister of the First Girl. The woman mentioned that some individuals introduced the appliance varieties by our firms to her sister to help within the procurement of the property. Amina Villa mentioned her sister requested her to substantiate that the identification of the homeowners of the businesses used within the varieties was real.
“Subsequently, Amina Villa visited the Abuja workplace of the Chicason Group for affirmation and promised to repair a gathering along with her sister upon her availability.
“On a later date she known as Chief Okafor and mentioned she had organized a gathering for him on the Villa with the First Girl. By the point he arrived the Villa within the night for the assembly, his particulars had been already within the system as an anticipated customer. His biometrics was taken and he was cleared. Amina acquired him and took him to the First Girl’s lounge the place somebody supplied him water. However he questioned why the lounge was so quiet and bereft of the anticipated human exercise. Amina apologised that the First Girl needed to journey for the lesser hajj that morning and that was why she made frantic effort for Chief Okafor to satisfy the First Girl the day prior to this. On listening to that the First Girl was not round, Chief Okafor left the Villa instantly.
“Amina, on two different totally different events that the First Girl travelled in a foreign country, made calls to Chief Okafor that reported on Truecaller that she was calling from the nation the place the First Girl travelled to. With the advantage of hindsight, she was doing all that to construct confidence by demonstrating that she was within the firm of the First Girl.
“On the landed property, Amina mentioned every of the plots of the property was formally up on the market at 150 million naira. She requested that since Chief Okafor was at all times travelling, that he ought to give her the cash, in order that she may pay promptly from the account she controls and be answerable for the transaction, to make it seamless.
“Chief Okafor mentioned he would pay for one plot first, and would pay for the second after the primary had been permitted and paperwork launched to him. He requested for the account particulars and went on to make the cost totalling 150 million naira.
“At no stage of the dialog was the problem of bribery talked about. We’ve with us all the phone and WhatsApp messages of the exchanges. Our Chairman insisted that an account quantity be offered, earlier than making any cost. No affordable particular person would pay a bride right into a checking account utilizing his company or private checking account. The one factor talked about by Amina was that she could be paid a fee on the profitable completion of the transaction, which is regular in property transactions.
“Few months after the cost, the standard ruler confirmed to our Chairman that the paperwork had been out. Amina additionally confirmed that there was an approval for the allocation of the plot to our firm and that she had the doc. She then requested for a fee of twenty million naira however Chief Okafor insisted on documentary proof of the approval to be made out there to him earlier than releasing the fee. It was from that time that the hide-and-seek began, with excuses made every day why the doc couldn’t be offered.
“After months of hide-and-seek from Amina, our Chairman determined to contact officers on the Presidential Villa to report the matter. He was requested to jot down a proper petition. The petition led to the scrutiny of all the women working for the First Girl to determine her, however none was Amina. The matter was referred to the DSS, who tracked her and invited her. She initially denied having any property transaction with Chicason Group however later confessed and acknowledged amassing the cash for the property buy when some proof was offered to her.
“The matter is being dealt with by the DSS, and we’re ready for the consequence from their investigation. That was why we stored quiet all this whereas.”
Noting that this press assertion was necessitated by the necessity to hold the document straight and be sure that the picture and integrity of the Chicason Group and its Chairman, Chief (Dr) Alexander Chika Okafor, OON, weren’t tarnished by means of the presentation of inaccurate account of the occasion, Mr Gamson said that the Chicason Group is a company that believes in ethics and transparency and wouldn’t be concerned in any untoward act.