Tunde Ayeni Not Arrested by EFCC
…He personally walked in for interrogation
Mr Tunde Ayeni, the former Chairman of Skye Bank, was not arrested and detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), a senior officer of the anti-graft agency has said.
A senior officer of the EFCC, who craved anonymity, disclosed to Global News Correspondent on Wednesday evening that Mr Ayeni was not detained by the commission, but only appeared on invitation for a brief interrogation.
“Yes, he was invited and he appeared. But he left after a few hours of interrogation. He was neither arrested nor detained,” the EFCC source confirmed.
On Tuesday, after Ayeni appeared at the EFCC office in Abuja, it was erroneously reported in some part of the media that he was arrested and detained, but that claim has been found to be untrue, as Ayeni, who walked into the anti-graft agency’s office on his own left after about two hours. One of close aide who also spoke to us said that ‘ chairman was in his house yesterday while some sections of the media claimed that he’s detained and may be charged to court the following day” . He went further that there’s no iota of truth in the said report but mere more speculations and beer parlour gist by the writer of the said story.
Ayeni is founder of The Oluwatoyin Ayeni Educational Foundation, established in 1999. Every year, the foundation awards tertiary institution scholarships to 25 bright students from his hometown of Iyah-Gbede in Ijumu, Kogi State. He is also a trustee of Support our Troops Foundation, a not for profit military charity that supports and promote the interests of the men and women of the Nigerian Armed Forces who serve home and abroad.
In recognition of his contributions to the growth and development of the Nigerian economy, Nigeria’s Achievers Universityawarded Ayeni the honorary title of Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) in business administration.
In September 2014, he was made Fellow by the Institute of Directors, Nigeria and the Commander of the Order of the Niger. He is happily married to Abiola and the marriage is blessed with three children- Bolaji, Tunde Jnr and Iyiola.
In 2011, Ayeni became chairman of Skye Bank, which was formed in 2005 when five commercial banks (including Bond Bank, founded by Ayeni in 2000) merged to create a new entity with a balance sheet in excess of one trillion naira.
In 2007, Ayeni became majority stakeholder and vice chairman of ASO Savings & Loans. He is also a founding partner and vice chairman of Ocean Marine Security (OMS) which provides logistical support to the Nigerian Navy.
In 2013, as vice chairman of Integrated Energy Distribution and Marketing Ltd (IEDM), he led a successful bid to take control of the Ibadan and Yola Electricity Distribution Companies. This marked the first privatization of a national energy asset in Nigerian history. He is also chairman of JKK (Nigeria) Plc and Temple Resources Ltd, and sits on the boards of PPP Fluid Mechanics Limited and Hightech Procurement Limited.
Ayeni is an advocate of banking and trade reforms that will make doing business easier in Africa. He is widely acknowledged as a philanthropist, supporting various charitable organisations throughout Africa.