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Maimuna Aliyu And The Crucible Of Persecution (2)

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My interest in the Hajia Maimuna Aliyu’ ordeal was first elicited when I watched her on Africa Independent Television’s Focus Nigeria program of October 16, 2017. It was such a revelation and convincing submission from someone that had enjoyed so much bad press and have been sentenced at the Social Media Court even without given a chance to be heard.

The anchor of the program, Gbenga Arulegba asked probing and deep questions to which Hajia Aliyu gave answers to without any difficulty. It was obvious to me at that time that I have to follow this matter closely.
So much was said by Hajia Maimuna on that very interview that needed rebuttal or reactions from Aso Savings & Loans Plc (her previous employers), the Nigeria Police (that purportedly investigated her) and the Independent Corrupt Persons and other related offences Commission – ICPC. I never heard nor read any such rebuttal or controverting of the facts stated by Ms. Aliyu.

However, on November 27, 2017 I read on Leadership (online news), a piece written by one Ibrahim Adulkadir captioned: Maimuna Aliyu: Eating From The Bread Of Sorrow. If Maimuna’s appearance on AIT was revealing, this very piece ignited my curiosity much further. This beautiful piece traced Ms. Aliyu’s ordeal to her previous employers who feel greatly unease should she be confirmed a member of the Board of ICPC. Mr. Abdulkadir listed in chronological order what these unrelenting traducers were planning and what they intended to achieve. This publication, ordinarily should have been reacted to by the persons and agencies fingered therein but they kept mute.

Investigative journalism is a passion and could resolve a whole lot of issues that may have been swept under the carpet. I consulted with some persons who I understand are close to these dramatis persona and was given so much facts that led to my piece titled: Maimuna Aliyu and the Crucible of Persecution which was published on 9th December 2017 in Leadership online and later in several other online news media.

It would be nice to search out these two publications and possibly go to YouTube to watch AIT’s Focus Nigeria of October 16, 2017 and you will see how prophetic our predictions have turned out to be.

In this piece I bring you an update on the Maimuna Aliyu Persecution and will leave the reader to make an informed deduction therefrom.

1. As stated in Act 1, Scene 2 of my previous publication, the ICPC, working in concert with their pay masters proceeded to file trumped up charges against Maimuna. The matter has commenced but there are issues with sustaining the charge. At the initial sitting, sensing the challenges the ICPC would face prosecuting the matter, they applied to the court to withdraw their earlier counter affidavit challenging the Defendant’s bail application. They obviously wanted an out of court settlement which I understand the said Maimuna refused having gone through so much not with the bad press and reputational damage.

2. On Monday March 12, 2018 at the resumed hearing of the matter which is before Hon. Justice Mairo Nasir of the Federal High Court, Jabi the prosecution counsel Osuobeni Akponisimingha Esq. was unable to bring any of the eleven (11) witnesses on record to the court and thus applied for an adjournment. This apparent show of disrespect for the court and near absence of diligent prosecution was received with a cost of N50,000.00 awarded against the Prosecutor. The matter was therefore adjourned to May 11, 2018.

3. Recall that the matter for which Maimuna Aliyu is being tried is based on ASO Savings & Loans Plc claim that the Defendant had, while she was an Executive Director at the said financial institution, sold some lands for N57M and appropriated the money for her personal use. It is this same claim that was purportedly said to have been investigated by the Police and upon which a report was issued that was used to deny Ms. Aliyu her nomination into the ICPC Board. The Police that was said to have investigated and found Maimuna culpable has not initiated any charge.

4. It is important to note that the same Aso Savings and Loans Plc had written to CBN after they became sure that the Federal Government had stepped down Maimuna’s nomination, that they had amicably settled the matter and that there was nothing more against this Defendant. We also recall that the buyer of the Jabi property had written to Aso Savings and ICPC through their lawyers that they do not want to be dragged into this matter anymore having paid to Aso Savings for the said land and given valid title deeds.

5. While wondering why these traducers have not done anything particularly about the revelations at the AIT interview, I was privileged to get a copy of a motion on Notice from the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Suit No.M/10559/17 Between Aso Savings & Loans plc and (1) Maimuna Sanda Aliyu (2) Daar Communications Ltd (Owners of Africa Independent Television). The motion seeks an Order of Court restraining the Defendants or their agents from further publishing the interviews by Ms. Sanda Aliyu. The contents of the interview were adjudged defamatory. What a way to respond to facts?

(i) ICPC, please what has become of the petition filed in your office since 2015 by Ms. Aliyu against Aso Savings and Loans? I hear the petition touches billions of naira which were embezzled by the same persons whose complaints you have jumped to file a charge for? Could it be true that you have become errand officers of these persons or you lack the moral right to truly investigate them? Is it also true that you are working on possibility of introducing another twist in this drama by bringing a money laundering charge against Maimuna? I think the silence of the Federal Government, particularly the office of the Attorney General in all these brouhahas is no longer golden. I find it curious that all these baseless accusations and unsustainable charges against Ms. Aliyu may be borne out of fear by the staff of the ICPC who may not be sure of what becomes of them if at the end Ms. Aliyu is acquitted of all these charges and her nomination sustained.

(ii) Aso Savings & Loans Plc, where lies your corporate integrity? In one breath you wrote CBN that you had sorted out your issues pertaining to the Jabi property and in another you are pushing ICPC to drag your ex-staff to court on the same facts? Do you prefer to pursue frivolities than tackle clear Corporate Governance issues? Where were you on the last adjourned date that your lawyer could not reach you? I leave you with this quote:

“Falsehood flies and the truth comes, limping after it. As a lie travels around the globe, the truth is putting on its shoes. Falsehood will fly, as it were, on the wings of the wind, and carry its tales to every corner of the earth, while truth lags behind; her steps, though sure, are slow and solemn, and she has neither vigour nor activity to pursue and overtake her enemy. However, truth prevails at the end. The hand can never cover the light of the moon”
Nigerians and all people still left with conscience are watching.



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