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Abike Dabiri Is Suing Diamond Bank & Punch Newspapers For Naming Her A Bank Debtor



A former of House of Representatives, ?Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Thursday disclosed that she would petition the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to investigate how her name entered Diamond Bank’s list of debtors.

Dabiri made the disclosure at the premises of the Lagos High Court, Igbosere, when she came to file a libel suit against Diamond Bank and the Punch Newspaper over the alleged N122 million debt owed ?the bank by Thriller Endeavours.

Following the Central Bank’s directive to banks to publish list of chronic debtors on pages of newspapers, Diamond Bank listed Dabiri-Erewa as one of the directors of Thriller Endeavours which has a Non Performing Loan (NPL) of N122.9million.

But the former chairman, House Committee on Diaspora, refuted the claim, describing it as embarrassing and malicious.

Dabiri-Erewa, who was accompanied to the court by her husband, Erewa and lawyer, Adetokunbo Mumuni?, said the report has done considerable damage to her reputation and that of her family.

She wondered how Diamond Bank listed her as a director of Thrillers Endeavours, adding that she has never heard the name until the publication.

Dabiri-Erewa stated that her lawyers have gone to Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and her name was not among the directors of the said bank.

She said,”I was thoroughly embarrassed, disheartened and my day was messed up. I have never heard the name before but I took my time and contacted my lawyers and asked them to go to CAC and do due diligence.

?”I told them to find out if I am actually a director in the so-called Thrillers Endeavours and after the investigation, they said my name was not there.

“I decided to seek legal redress based on that confirmation. ?Many questions need to be answered: how come my name, Abike Dabiri-Erewa was listed as a director in the so-called Thrillers Endeavours?

“According to the publication in the newspaper, Thrillers Endeavours borrowed the? money from Diamond Bank in 2008 and were to pay back in 2009. So this is 2015. Apparently they haven’t paid back. How come Diamond Bank has never contacted the so-called director since the loan has become a bad debt?”

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