..Demand N150m compensation
..As 7-Up insists on re-assurance products
In a development that might see one of Nigeria’s leading soft drinks manufacturers, Seven-Up Bottling Company Limited, in a deep shit of bad corporate image, the company is still insisting on non-culpability in the whole matter that is now trending everywhere, albeit social media.
According to incontrovertible facts at our disposal, two presumed loyal customers have petitioned the company, for having verifiable purchased some of the company’s products and found strange unpalatable objects inside some of the products.
The petitioners, Mr. Folorunso Olusegun and Mr. Abiodun Kenny Miracle, are now demanding compensation, to the tune of N150million jointly, for the trauma they went through, as a result of the strange discovery of such objects in their products. They made this claim through their lawyer, Barrister Wale Ogunade. They claim that, at least, the amount being asked for would help to tone down its impact on them, saying that they were terrified about what could have happened to them if they had mistakenly consumed such insalubrious products presented to them as good products.
According to Folorunso Olusegun, one of the aggrieved customers “they bought crates of Mirinda mixed with other products intended for a party, and while they were sharing the drinks, a bottle of Mirinda was discovered to have a strange object inside, and immediately he alerted his sister and other people, who promptly advised him to sue the company for possible poisoning and negligence.”
In Abiodun Kenny Miracle’s claim, he said he also purchased some crates of Seven-Up drinks for a party too, and found a bottle of Seven-Up with similar objects. At this point, they jointly and severally decided to write the company for compensation on the advice of a lawyer friend, who told them that they have a good case. Sequel to this development, they sought the services of one Ronald Taiwo, who organized a meeting between the customers and Seven-Up company at Wale Ogunade Chambers in Ikeja, Lagos.
According to Mr. Folorunso, in the said meeting, the products were presented to the Assistant Legal Services/Property Manager, Seven-Up Bottling Co Limited, Ijora, Lagos State, Barr. Obinna Chima, who examined the bottles and indeed confirmed that the products were their products. He, (Folorunsho) noted that Mr. Chima, who acknowledged the fact that the bottles’ corks were intact, was however not ready to commit the company to do the needful to assuage the anger, displeasure and trauma they have been through since the discovery. Mr. Chima, he noted, insisted on not compensating them, rather he was talking about re-assuring them with some packs of the products, which they (the petitioners) outright declined. After this insistence, another meeting was brokered by Mr. Chima, which held at the Seven-Up plant at Oregun, Ikeja, in which the petitioners, Ronald Taiwo and Barr. Ogunade were in attendance.
At the meeting, he said, Mr. Chima asked them what they wanted and they demanded N5 million each, as compensation for the stress they went through. Once again, according to him, Mr. Chima reiterated that the company, as a policy, does not delve into financial settlements with customers, instead goes for product re-assurance.
Thus, in a supporting letter to the company, dated February 22, 2018, which the company received and acknowledged on February 26, 2018, Barrister Wale Ogunade of Wale Ogunade Chambers, on behalf of the complainants, demanded the sum of N25 million to each petitioner from Seven-Up for presenting dangerous and defective products, not fit for human consumption andN50 million to each for the stress and trauma they went through.
This was necessitated by the inability of both parties to reach a compromise and settle the matter out of public domain. In a corresponding letter to Seven Up by the Principal Partner of Wale Ogunade Chambers, Wale Ogunade, for the law firm, the chambers demanded a cheque of N150 million for presenting dangerous and defective products not fit for human consumption to its clients. The letter reads in part: “…Take further notice that if we do not receive a cheque in sum of N150million in favour of our chambers, within 14 days of receipt of this letter, we shall take further legal steps in protecting our clients’ interest, including reporting the matter to the appropriate authorities and taking it to public domain, without any further recourse to you.”
Having gone through all the correspondences between both parties, this medium contacted Barr. Ogunade, who readily confirmed that a meeting was held in his office, with Seven-Up’s legal officer, Barr. Chima, who Ogunade said he was impressed with his conduct on the matter.
According to Ogunade, his junior colleague, Chima found it needless making the case public, saying that it will affect a number of people’s jobs and even the company, and so opted for reassurance of the customers with their products. “But I found that position inappropriate as they consider loss of jobs more important than lives of Nigerians, who may have died as a result of consuming unwholesome products like these; while re-assuring with products which might even be worst than what were presented before?” Ogunade stated.
He continued: “That to me means that they are ready to sacrifice the lives of Nigerians for seven packs of their products. I was impressed with his diplomacy but this has been happening and we need to stop it. They have the responsibility of serving Nigerians with good and not unwholesome products, and this is not the first time. Chima saw the products and they were still well-corked, so it was from the factory and wasn’t as if anybody was trying to undermine them.”
More so, in line with Seven-Up product reassurance gait, the petitioners were called upon for another meeting to be held in Seven-Up, but Ogunade advised them not to go, as that might be tantamount to waste of time and destruction of evidence.
“They might collect the bottles from them and destroy them and so, we will not have any evidence to prosecute the matter in court. I advised them not to go. This is the situation and we are now ready for court action, but the clients are still weighing other options available to them,” he added.
On the possibility of winning the case, he said, “The possibility of winning the case is 99 per cent. It’s a good case.” However, all efforts to reach Ronald Taiwo to comment on this matter proved abortive, as several calls put across to his line didn’t go through. That was the position of the matter as at the time of filing in this story.
Attached are copies from the cambers and the company in this regards: Efforts to reach all parties concerned as at the time of filing in this story were futile.
– Culled from Airwaves Report
Again, Bet9ja customers accuse company of reneging on payment of winnings
Two Bet9ja customers, Dennis Dickson and Orazurume Jude Mary, have called on the company to pay them their dues.
They expressed their grievances to The Eagle Online on Monday, lamenting the “unprofessional behaviour” of the company.
Dickson stated that he has been deprived of his winning twice by the company.
He said: “The first instance occurred during the 2018 World Cup, when I staked a bet with the company on the option that some selected players will not score more than 2 to 3 goals per match, all of a sudden after winning the ticket the company void it and said the option was meant to run for the whole of the tournament.
“The second time, I staked on some players that during the transfer window they will not change club without loan deals included, after winning my ticket the company on the 31st night of August 2018 changed the optioned and said that loan deals are also included. Whereas, a loaned player is still the property of the parent club and can be recalled at any time even before the expiration of the loan deal.
Dickson stated that his tickets are: B93ECCWRTQZPE-675035 and B959ECCWERAWTT-68445.
Orazurume Jude Mary Tochi also stated that he played the game in Ekwulobia, Anambra State and the company reneged on the initial agreement that was reached earlier and that was not part of the initial agreement.
Tochi said: “I entered a bet with Bet9ja company under the category of transfer market with bet placed on whether a player would go on transfer to another club or not.
“Loan deal did not count at the time of this deal, but Bet9ja suddenly turned around and reversed the rule of the transfer market, stating that loan deal now counts after we agreed on transfer or no transfer.
“The sudden change was not acceptable as it was against the terms and conditions given to customers, after predicting players who will not change club.
“This amounted to N16,000,000 and N200,000.
“Two players are on loan, which is NOT transfer to the best of knowledge.
“Players on loan still belong to their parent. I went to my game its shows its lost, am not happy.”
Tochi gave his ticket number as B928SPPRCWPPSC-211061.
The Eagle Online reports that Bet9ja is an online bookmaker company that deals on major sporting events according to Alexa.com.
It is the second most visited website in Nigeria, only next to Google.com and it is owned by Kunle Soname, who is also its Chairman. Soname is also the Chairman of Remo Stars Football Club.
It will also be recalled that three customers of Bet9ja had before now petitioned the National Lottery Regulatory Commission claiming the betting company had not paid the over N3 million stake owed them.
The petition was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria at the Zonal Office of the NLRC in Ilorin, Kwara State.
The petition was signed by the contact persons of the affected customers, Emmanuel Ajiboye.
The petition stated that the trio had entered into a bet with the company under the category of “Transfer Market”, with bets placed on whether a player would go on transfer to another club or not.
The petitioners said a “Loan Deals Do Not Count’’ transaction was confirmed in an email by Bet9ja on August 28.
They, however, expressed dismay that on August 31, Bet9ja “suddenly’’ turned around and reversed the rule of the transfer market by stating that “Loan Deals Now Count’’ as contained in a mail the same day.
The petitioners expressed the belief that this was done in order to renege on payment to customers who had played and were going to win.
They described the company’s “contradictory” statements as unprofessional by a leading bookmaker.
The aggrieved petitioners said it was in their knowledge that players on loans still belong to their parent clubs and could still be recalled before the end of their loan deal.
They said that the sudden change was not acceptable as it was against the terms and conditions given to customers.
The petitioners also threatened to explore legal action should Bet9ja refuse to respond favourably to their complaint.
They urged the commission to look into the development and ensure justice was done.
Yinka Salau, an official of the zonal office of the commission in Ilorin, confirmed the receipt of the petition.
He said the petition had been forwarded to the commission’s head office in Abuja for further investigation.
Salau explained that the management of Bet9ja would be invited to state its own side of the case.
Source: The Eagle Online
Tinubu’s Alphabeta Consulting firm in alleged money laundering scandal
- Ex-MD, Dapo Apara petitions EFCC
These are not the best of times for the Doherty Akin-led Alphabeta Consulting Limited and Alphabeta Consulting LLP, a Lagos-based management, information systems and technology consulting firm allegedly owned by the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The immediate past Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the organization, Mr. Dapo Apara, has petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), concerning the activities of the organization which border on money laundering.
In a petition to the EFCC through his lawyer (Adetunji Shoyoye & Associates) and made available to the THE WITNESS, Apara accused the consulting firm of laundering over a N100 billion (One Hundred Billion Naira) for top government officials.
According to Apara, Alphabeta Consulting LLP, which is the revenue mobilization and collection advisor to the Lagos State Government has become an avenue for official corruption of government official, a conduit pipe for massive money laundering scheme, tax evasion, amongst other vices.
The former head-huncho of the company further called on the anti-graft agency to cause a holistic investigation into the firm.
Efforts by THE WITNESS to reach Mr. Doherty Akin for the company’s angle to the allegations proved futile as calls and text messages sent to his mobile number were not responded to as at press time.
Read the full petition below:
The Executive Chairman
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
5 Formela Crescent, off Ademola Adetokunbo Street,
PETITION OF A CASE OF MONEY LAUNDERING, TAX EVASION, FRAUD RUNNING INTO OVER N100,000,000 (ONE HUNDRED BILLION NAIRA) AGAINST ALPHA BETA CONSULTING LIMITED AND ALPHA BETA LLP
The above subject matter refers.
We are solicitors to MR DAPO APARA, hereinafter referred to as our client, and we have his full consent and instruction to write you this petition.
We must first of all thank you and your great organization for the good work you are doing in our country to rid it of corruption, fraud and other vices.
It is however sad that as much as you are trying, some people are hell bent on continually giving the country a bad name and bringing discredit to the Nation and well-meaning Nigerians. One of such is ALPHABETA CONSULTING LIMITED AND ALPHABETA LLP.
The company was incorporated in the year 2002 to carry on the business of Tax Consulting amongst others and our client was the originator of the laudable business idea.
It is sad however that years down the line, the company has become an avenue for official corruption of government officials, a conduit pipe for massive money laundering scheme, tax evasion amongst other vices.
Over the years, the company is being protected and shielded by some powerful politicians and people in the society which made them to always boast of being untouchable, but our client feeling the need not to keep quiet again and strengthened by his believe in the fact that the government of President Muhammed Buhari is keen on fighting corruption which has been the bane of our country, is of the firm believe that its time to expose and open the can of worm called ALPHABETA CONSULTING.
Our client is of the firm believe that it is time for the Commission to step in and conduct a holistic investigation into the activities of ALPHABETA CONSULTING LIMITED AND ALPHABETA LLP, with a view to uncovering the massive corruption, money laundering, tax evasion etc going on in the company. Kindly note that one of the companies being used to perpetrate money laundering by the company is still another company named Ocean Trust Limited.
The only hope of our Client and indeed the teeming Nigerians who are victims of the crimes being perpetrated by these companies, in seeking justice is the Commission which we strongly believe in and therefore call on the commission to cause a holistic investigation into this case and all involved with the aim of bringing these criminals to justice, and not allow their claims of being untouchable to evalidated.
Kindly note sir that as our client is willing and able to provide information to substantiate the claims, though we will plead for these to be done through us as he is presently fearing for his life having been receiving death threat from a lot of quarters because of this case.
The details and address of the company is:
ALPHABETA CONSULTING LLP
WATER HOUSE HEADQUARTERS 1ST FLOOR
LAGOS STATE WATER CORPORATION
IJORA CAUSE WAY.
While thanking you for your continual cooperation, kindly accept the assurances of our highest esteem.
ADETUNJI ADEGBOYEGA ESQ
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For the curious ones, If you doubt our story, check with the CAC and you’ll search no further as she is the owner of Hausaroom with her passport data page and number registered with.
Here’s a little about Madina Bala Hassan, she’s the daughter of retired AIG Bala Hassan. She went to the University of Dundee for masters in Human Anatomy. She is happily married with two beautiful kids.
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