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EFCC Arrests Ex-Skype and Polaris CEO, Tunde Ayeni For Stealing Billions From Customers

Former Chairman of Skye Bank PLC (Now Polaris Bank), Tunde Ayeni, has been detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

It was gathered that Ayeni would be arraigned for fraud running into billions of naira, also the anti-graft agency has filed charges against the former Skye Bank boss before a Federal High Court in Maitama.

Punch hinted that the EFCC will charge him for mismanaging the funds of the bank which almost led to its downfall.

Tony Oriade the acting spokesman for EFCC who Confirmed  the arrest, claimed that Ayeni was terrified and grilled by detectives.

“I can confirm that he is in our custody. More information will be released tomorrow,” he stated.

Meanwhile the anti-graft agency had entered into an agreement with the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria to check out some banks and its officials who facilitated the huge non-performing loans in AMCON’s portfolio.

Ahmed Kuru, the Managing Director of AMCON, said that the decision was for both agencies to consolidate on the gains in the areas of investigating, prosecuting and compelling all obligors of AMCON to recover N906bn from debtors.

Similarly, the Managing Director of Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, Alhaji Umaru Ibrahim, had recently opened up that Ayeni and former Managing Director, Timothy Oguntayo, are being questioned on the roles they played in the bank.

The NDIC boss said investigations are being carried out and law agencies will do their work once the investigations are finally concluded.

Meanwhile, NDIC, AMCON and the Central Bank of Nigeria, had revoked the operating licence of Skye Bank following its financial instability and incompetency, thereby prompting the regulators to rename it Polaris Bank and a capital injection of about $2bn.

“The former directors of defunct Skye Bank are being investigated and I can assure that when the time comes, the necessary relevant security and law enforcement agencies will do their work”, he said.

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