President Buhari’s aide and DG of Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, Folarin Coker, who was in the news few months ago after giving slay queens sugar daddy goals with his Instagram video, where he filmed himself, enjoying his cigar while playing Davido’s hit song “IF, is reportedly at the centre of a major scandal involving the diversion of the sum of N3 Billion, from an account of Lagos state government.
Folarin Coker, a Nigerian businessman, former managing director of the number plate production authority of the State of Lagos, and also a former business adviser to ex-Governor of Lagos State now Minister of Power/housing/works, Babatunde Fashola, who is in the scandal with his wife Aisha Rimi, was accused of diverting from the account of Lagos State Government Number Plate Production Authority, when he was the managing director.
Olamide Sadiq, the EFCC investigator, who deposed to an affidavit in support, said the probe into the alleged fraud was informed by an intelligence received sometime in 2017 by the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit.
The companies whose accounts were also frozen include a law firm, Rimi and Partners. The EFCC said Coker’s wife, Aisha Rimi, was the sole proprietor.
Sadiq said there were suspicious transactions on the account of Rimi and Partners as there were “heavy inflows” in excess of N3 billion from LSGNPPA into the account.
Sadiq said investigations by EFCC revealed that Rimi and Partners had 10 bank accounts with Guaranty Trust Bank.
“Mr. Folorunsho Coker was as at that time the managing director of the 1st respondent — LSGNPPA,” he said.
“He was also the husband of Aisha Rimi, one of the signatories to the accounts of the 2nd and 3rd respondents — Rimi and Partners and Ekosina Investment Ltd respectively.
“Further to the depositions contained in the paragraph above, I know as a fact derived during my investigations, that the said Mr. Folorunsho Coker was also a signatory to the Bank account of the 1st respondent.
“Investigations revealed that Aisha Rimi is the major partner in Rimi and Partners and she is also in control of Ekosina Investment Ltd, a company seen to have received huge transfers from the LSGNPPA.
“From preliminary investigations by the commission, the 2nd and 3rd respondents were used to divert funds from the LSGNPPA with the influence of Folorunsho Coker, who was the Managing Director of the Lagos State Agency.”
It was also gathered that other companies whose accounts were frozen are Ekosina Investment Ltd, SW Properties Ltd, Imira Trade and Global Services Ltd, Lofty Investment Nigeria Ltd, Pure Technical Services Ltd and Cablepoint Ltd.