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N3B Debt; AMCON Seals Ibadan Bizman, Gbenga James Office, Carts Away Luxury Cars

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On account of his indebtedness to AMCON the Ibadan office of the CEO of Avian Specialties, Gbenga James was over the weekend sealed off by officials of the institution.

The businessman was said to be owing about N3 billion, a debt bought over from Union Bank.

Gbenga James whose company ranks amongst the biggest in poultry farming in Nigeria had already been arrested by the EFCC alongside his wife.

A source gave a graphic description of how AMCON and the Nigerian police over the weekend stormed the Avian Specialty office in Challenge, Ibadan and carted away properties before they later sealed up the building.

The one-hour operation was said to have been led by one Saheed Fasanya with help from armed policemen.

The Asset Management Company of Nigeria was said to have allegedly stormed the Iyaganku home of the businessman where they also carted off his Bentley and some other luxury cars in his garage.

Gbenga James is one of the few ‘big boys’ that AMCON alleged to have ignored several demand notices for their non-performing loans thinking it was still business as usual.

It was gathered that AMCON is already facilitating lawful process to take over all his properties.

The Ibadan businessman is not new to such controversy. Some years ago he was arrested and detained by the EFCC for a poultry project he handled for Ekiti State Government where 800 million naira was alleged to have been misappropriated.

Aftermath Of Assassination Attempt Wife Takes Over Ibadan Bizman, Gbenga James Poultry Company

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Funmi, the pretty wife of Avian Specialties and Biological Concepts boss, Gbenga James has temporarily taken over the poultry company to fill in the spaces pending the time her husband would recover.

The Avian boss was a victim of an assassination attempt recently when a six-men gang stormed his Elewura, Ibadan office recently and shot him repeatedly.

Though the motive behind the attack was not immediately ascertained but it became clearer as the gunmen who thought they had killed him made some calls before leaving the spot.

A source hinted that Gbenga James was discovered in the pool of his blood by one of his staffers who alerted other people and he was ferried to the hospital.

The Avian boss was claimed to have undergone some major surgeries in an undisclosed hospital in Ibadan before he was discharged and kept under
medical observation at home.

Those in the know said his Iyaganku has been taken over by a group of private guards contracted to provide adequate security for him.

Gbenga James wife was said to have been instructed by her husband to take over the poultry business which needed daily supervision.

As at the time of filing this report some of the assailants that attacked the businessmen were said to have been arrested by the Special Anti Robbery Squad in Ibadan and were helping in the investigation.

Gbenga James is an Obafemi Awolowo University alumni who was arrested by the EFCC some years ago over a 800 million naira poultry project where he acted as Consultant to the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose.

Gbenga James was said to have been used as a witness by the EFCC to nail the Ekiti Governor who was then impeached and escaped out of the country to evade arrest.

People close to them claimed the EFCC drama created bad blood between the friends when the Governor labelled him ‘an ingrate’ and ‘betrayer’ when he learnt the role he played by revealing some documents used to implement charges against Fayose.

Gbenga James in his defence claimed he was forced to rat on his friend when he abandoned him in EFCC’s net while his business and family were suffering.

Sources claimed the latest attack was the second time Gbenga James would be attacked. The businessman was said to have been attacked at a supermarket in Jericho, Ibadan some years ago prompting his need to move around with armed security men.