Friday, April 30, 2010

Funke Kuti arrested by EFCC






















Funke, estranged wife of Afrobeat star, Femi Kuti, was on Thursday afternoon, arrested in Lagos, by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over an alleged N50 million fraud.

Commission’s spokesperson, Mr. Femi Baba-femi, confirmed the arrest.

Funke, daughter of Senator Brimoh Yusuf, was reportedly arrested at about 1 pm in Lagos and as of press time on Thursday being moved to Abuja for interrogation.

It was gathered that her arrest was a fallout of her alleged refusal to honour a letter from the anti-corruption commission, inviting her for interrogation over an alleged N50 million fraud committed in National Sports Lottery and Mobile Telecommunications Network.

Funke, who reportedly served as Group Head, Corporate Social Responsibility and Reputation Management of the outfit, was said to have earlier been invited to the commission’s office in Abuja to explain the circumstances surrounding the inability to provide the N50 million won by one Alhaji Tunde Ayinde Balogun, in a lottery programme handled by the outfit, but she spurned the invitation.

According to a highly-placed source in the commission, “One Alhaji Tunde Ayinde Balogun petitioned us that he won a N50 million lottery when the outfit did a promo. Investigation showed that he actually won and he was acknowledged as a winner. When it was time for him to collect his money, they {Funke’s outfit} started posting him. At a point they said he did not participate and refused to pay him. However the records of participation obtained from MTN revealed the man’s name as one of those who participated in the promo.

“So we wrote a letter to her, inviting her to Abuja for interview, trying to give her an opportunity to explain her own side of the story, but she refused to honour our invitation and that was what led to her arrest today.
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Source: Nigerian Tribune

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Double wahala for dead body! Anyway, that serves funke right. HOWEVER, i REALLY BELIEVE SHE IS NOT THE RIGHT PERSON TO BE ARRESTED OVER THE ISSue. The EFCC should beam their search light on Odunlami, Kolapo, Areola, Kwesi Obaseki, Joyce and Olumide all of NSL. These guys have run down the company. We the staff of NSL have lost count of the number of months NSL is owing us! The fact is that they cannot pay the said N50 million.
The Odunlamis are notorious for running companies down. Think of fountain trust bank, Strand caapital and billions of naira they owe spring bank. They have turned NSL into DOA!

Anonymous said...

how does the fact that she is the head of CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY means she knows knows about the money.IS she the CEO?or HEAD FINANCE?See how they just spoil someone's name!

Anonymous said...

This is a bad image of Nigeria & the EFCC, and we should not overlook it. It could have been you, or me!
How does the non-payment (not embezzlement) of money owed to an INDIVIDUAL by a COMPANY which is a corporate citizen
Concern an individual who is an EMPLOYEE. Is Funke Kuti the MD? Or Finance Director? Or member of the Board? Or Chairman?!
Is this how we want our country to be run - and known?! For victimizing people because they cannot arrest a company?

Also, press people should get their facts rights too. Already seen different disclaimer/clarifier versions of the same story
in other forums. Anyway, me I find it hard to believe since I saw Funke Kuti hanging out in Abuja and over this weekend in Lagos! This time it's
Ms. Kuti, right? Who's the next victim?

Udegbunam Chukwudi said...

Shizzle on her nizzle. She go hear am oh unless her senator popsy strong enough to pull strings. I sha hope it's all RUMORS!