THE FASHANU REPORT AND AFTERMATH OF THE NDM FORUM
"That the World May Know"
July 7, 2000
THIS PRESS RELEASE IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF CHIEF MKO ABIOLA, LATE PRESIDENT-ELECT OF NIGERIA, WHO DIED MYSTERIOUSLY JULY 7, 1998. MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE, AND MAY THE NIGERIA HE LEFT BEHIND NOT MAKE HIS DEATH BE IN VAIN. [AMEN]
As you may be aware, the Nigerian Democratic Movement (NDM), a US-based pro-democracy movement comprised of Nigerians and her friends, organized a public forum at Howard University over a series of documents now popularly known as "The Fashanu Report" concerning Nigeria's controversial 1988-1993 debt-buy-back scheme. Leading up to the forum, NDM's information/press releases on the Fashanu Report were provided in:
while the Forum on June 11, 2000 was announced in:
Finally, an excellent news reports of the happenings at the Forum can be found in:
Despite a faint hope to the contrary, the Fashanu team did not show up at the Forum, even though Mr. Minton, the American millionaire-protagonist of the saga, did, subjecting himself to a barrage of questions from forum attendees. On the whole, he was adjudged to have acquitted himself creditably.
To order a tape of the proceedings of the Forum, please send a money-order for $25 addressed to NDM, c/o P.O. Box 518, Burtonsville, MD 20866. Please allow four weeks for delivery.
Interest in the Fashanu report within and outside Nigeria has been deep and wide. For example, earlier, President Obasanjo himself had made some reference to Mr. Fashanu in an interview:
Furthermore, the Senate of the Republic of Nigeria, after taking notice of the Fashanu revelations in:
made some pronouncements recently after their own investigations as reported in:
Most interestingly, within the past few days, a connection (or allegation thereof) between General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB, former head of state of Nigeria between August 27, 1985 and August 27, 1993), President Olusegun Matthew Aremu Obasanjo and Mr. John Fashanu was made in a recent publication titled "Babangida Opens Up on Campaign Financing" :
where IBB is reported to have alleged that President Obasanjo set Mr. Fashanu up to investigate him.
Our purpose in this release is to give some context to:
(1) what we understand was the reason why the Fashanu team did not show up at the NDM Forum. This will be done through a set of four correspondences between the President of NDM, Dr. Mobolaji Aluko, Mr. Robert Clarke, lead investigator of the Fashanu team and Mr. Fashanu himself.
(2) some of the official legal steps that occurred BEFORE the Forum, and that have occurred SINCE the Forum. Both of these involve correspondences from the Nigerian High Commission in London to banking and legal entities in Geneva, Switzerland - including one dated as recently as June 23, 2000 - that were made available to NDM by the Fashanu team.
The NDM does not take any position in this matter. We have no way of knowing who is telling the truth or who has stolen Nigerian money. Rather, in the democratic spirit of transparency and accountability that we maintained during the dark days of the Abacha era and the June 12 saga, and for which Chief MKO Abiola gave his life, we wish to LET THE WORLD KNOW what the facts are, and then leave our readers to come to their own conclusions. We also will continue to urge the authorities in Nigeria to conduct a THOROUGH INVESTIGATION of ALL charges without fear or favor.
We will continue to maintain that democratic spirit as a memorial to Chief MKO Abiola, who we fondly remember today.
RELEASED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OF THE NDM
Date: Fri, 2 Jun 2000 20:14:54 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Mobolaji E. Aluko" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: .........@aol.com Subject: NDM Public Forum - An Invitation to You to Attend as a
June 2, 2000
Well, I am hoping that you will be able to attend a public forum being organized by my organization, NDM, to give further publicity to this Fashanu report. We have already intimated John Fashanu about it, as well as Bob Minton, and George and myself are committed to being present at the forum.
We trust that you will be able to be the fifth participant of this forum so that all of us can confront this issue HEAD-ON. I think it will give it more momentum, don't you think so.
It is scheduled for June 11, 2000, from 4:00 - 7:00 pm at Howard University.
Let me know AS SOON AS POSSIBLE whether you will be able to make it. I see no reason why not! :-)
Do give me a call .....to talk this over.
Date: Mon, 5 Jun 2000 15:45:29 EDT
To: email@example.com Subject: Re: FASHANU & U.S. BUSINESSMAN TO DEBATE DEBT BUYBACK SCHEME IN
After speaking with the some of the other investigators we all think this will be a perfect opportunity to discuss the main issues of the buyback scheme. Our team will be there for the Forum and I will keep you informed on any developments.
Could you please send me any details on what other topics will be discussed concerning Nigerian issues or will this just be for the Fashanu report? Who else will be there and has Mr. Minton committed and will he bring any documentation?
We of course have lots of questions and this will help focus the investigation. Looking forward to seeing you again and I will do what it takes to change my plans.
It is a little short notice, is the date changeable?
All the best,
Date: Fri, 9 Jun 2000 22:27:07 EDT
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: (no subject)
Once again sorry for the delay, but the current developments regarding the looted funds from Nigeria always takes front seat to any other developments.
I have been working with you for 2 years now presenting documents and evidence always going in the direction of what would be best for the people of Nigeria......
You may think this Forum is the right thing for Nigeria but I must strongly disagree with you. What you are proposing would be equal to the prosecution attorney and their investigators sitting down with the likes of O.J. Simpson and his hired guns to compromise the criminal case before it even gets started.....
I respect you tremendously but I must say I am deeply concerned and surprised you would let Mr. Minton try to undermine the official Nigerian investigation by having us present crucial evidence in a public Forum that would absolutely compromise this investigation...
I trust you will read our response and post it to the appropriate audience as our official position.
I am enclosing parts of the communication from the solicitors involved....which echoes our exact concerns regarding this type of inappropriate public Forum.
---- LETTER FROM SOLICITORS [ACCORDING TO THE FASHANU TEAM]
Dear Mr. Fashanu and investigators,
It has come to our notice that Mr. Robert Minton has contrived to stage a public forum set for June 11th. It appears to be Minton's intention to use the forum to undermine the Nigerian governments extensive investigations into his financial activities.
Minton has furthermore contrived to secure the services of a journalist and Nigerian Senator to paint his actions in the most favorable light possible.
It appears that the institutionalization of crimes is what is being sought by Mr. Minton which brings with it a legitimization of what he has done. It is in that climate that nobody ever would bring any charges, and thus nobody ever enters the court room. Yet, the court room is the only place where specifics have to be answered.
Appropriate venues are the court rooms in Switzerland, in Lagos and in the United Kingdom.
This forum can only be seen as an attempt to make light of very serious allegations and charges. No data and information must be turned over to that forum.
Thus please be advised that due to legal restraints you and your colleagues' participation in this forum is impossible. It would undermine the integrity of the 3 year investigation which has uncovered criminal actions.
[FROM THE SOLICITORS OF THE FASHANU TEAM]
OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER
Nigeria House, 9 Northumberlan Avenue, London WC2N SBX
Telephone: 071839 1244 Fax: 071-839-8746
Discount Bank and Trust Geneva
Quai de L'ile 3
Case Postale 5430
CH-1211 Geneva 11 Switzerland
Fax: 41 22 310 1703
29 March 2000
RE: MATTER OF CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY, LARGE SCALE MISAPPROPRIATION OF PUBLIC FUNDS, CORRUPT ENRICHMENT AND STEALING INVOLVING THE SUM OF ONE HUNDRED MILLION US DOLLARS ($100,000,000) OR MORE, BELONDING TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
Please be informed that the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has directed me to urgently notify you that investigation has just commmenced regarding a matter of criminal conspiracy, large scale misappropriation of public funds, corrupt enrichment and stealling involving a large sum of public funds belonging to the Federal Government of Nigeria, part of which is the sum of One Hunder Million Dollars ($100,000,000) or more deposited into the associated accounts of one Robert Minto of 137, Fremont Road, Sandown, NH, USA, who account number is 108: 10179140900.
We are informed that the above account is hedl in the name of KAROSA Foundation, and is admnistered by a Mr. Nessim Habib. Further, a codename made up by Robert Minton to identify himself to the bank is "B. Katy."
Moreover, we are made to understand that some of these associated accounts are opened in the name of Robert Minton's wife, Therese Minton, and the account is administered by one Patricia Cousins (Account Manager) with your London Branch.
The President and the Federal Government of Nigeria hereby seek your co-operation that this account be frozen until the completion of the investigation on this matter.
On behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria, I hereby thank you for your co-operation.
[SIGNED] Bola Ajibola
CC: Branch Manager
Discount Bank and Trust Geneva (London Branch)
P.O. Box 4QP
London w1A $QP
Fax: 0171 4092877
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Date: Wed, 5 Jul 2000 15:33:22 EDT
Having read the article in the Sunday Vanguard entitled "Nigeria; CBN Linked with Greenland Holdings" I felt it my duty to respond and clarify some of the issues discussed concerning many of the documents and the first completed report submitted to the Nigerian government by the financial investigators working on the Nigerian Debt Buyback scandals.
Let me make it clear from the start the Debt Buyback Report is not a political expose it is a financial expose, and one that has cost me dearly. The individuals involved in this corrupt scheme have personally, financially and socially tried to ruin my reputation through the media and their political connections. International bankers stole millions from Nigeria and they should be held accountable. Nothing will be achieved if Nigerians turn on each other, however, people like Mr. Minton and his accomplices have acquired a number of friends who are trying to use the Debt Buyback report to create political mischief and discontent among the political and financial apparatus within Nigeria.
The following offers the only transparency to date on this report.
Volume one of the four completed reports was officially submitted to the Nigerian government May 29th, 2000. After reviewing the report the Nigerian government swiftly retained the services of a prominent Swiss attorney in Geneva by the name of Philippe Neyroud who specializes in financial fraud and criminal activities involving money laundering. Mr. Neyroud immediately recognized criminal activities undertaken by Mr. Minton and the financial institutions involved and recommended to the Nigerian government that they authorize him to draft and submit a criminal complaint to the Swiss criminal courts, which was filed June 26th, 2000 with Mr. Bernard Bertosa at the Palace of Justice Geneva and signed by the Nigerian UK High Commissioner Prince Bola Ajibola. (I enclose a court stamped copy of the criminal complaint in French along with an English translation)
Within volume one of the report is the identification of hidden Swiss accounts and all the banks and financial institutions used to facilitate the Debt Buyback scheme. The report meticulously identifies all concerned parties and their roles within the Debt Buyback Scheme, which mainly consist of non Nigerian nationals and focuses on the individuals and banks responsible for the mishandling of the Nigerian funds and the money laundering activities of those involved.
I find it very interesting that Mr. Rasheed has come out so verbally defending the CBN's position and that the Senate's report's findings have superficially laid to rest any allegations of corruption when they have not even seen the report submitted to the government. Mr. Rasheed was working in the CBN during the time of the Debt Buyback Scheme and is now in a very powerful position as Deputy Governor, Mr. Rasheed is obviously protecting his job and position.
Mr. Minton and his coconspirators have kept the crucial documents away from the CBN officials for nearly 12 years (or have the CBN officials kept them hidden themselves?) while they used Nigerian funds to manipulate the price of Nigerian debt while making millions of dollars undisclosed to the Nigerian officials who were supposed to be overseeing this program. No officials at the CBN or any other Nigerian government officials have acknowledged reviewing the Deal Files or bank transfers between the trading entities and the Swiss bank accounts uncovered in the report. Volume 3 of the Debt Buyback Scheme report documents the offshore companies and private bank accounts secretly used by Nigerian Bank officials which could be the reason they are defending the scheme and trying to stop any further investigation.
The Senator Idris Abubakar-led committee report which was signed on February 29, described the debt buy back deals undertaken by Greenland Holdings as very transparent, but it is clear the Senate committee never reviewed the report that was submitted to the Nigerian government because that was not done until May 29th, 2000. The committee states the scheme was very transparent but they do not disclose what documents they make that claim on, because incriminating documents have been withheld from them. It took over a year for the forensic accountants and financial investigators to piece together the maze of transactions which uncovered the looted funds and now that information is being closely guarded or withheld from the proper officials by the very individuals that want to cover-up their own crimes, mainly the CBN officials in charge of the Debt Buyback Scheme from 1988 to 1993.
While I can appreciate the position of the current Nigerian government to try and keep this matter quite, I can not stand by and neither should the people of Nigerian while President Obasanjo proclaims Nigeria is working on an anti-corruption platform while the Nigerian Senate and CBN officials play political games in the media trying to cover up their mishandling and criminal activities.
If the Nigerian government really wants to emerge into democracy on an anti-corruption platform and rid Nigeria of the corrupt practices and officials it must take a stand against the individuals and financial institutions that have eagerly taken advantage of and plunged the country into it's current state.
Maybe the best course of action should be for the Nigerian government to make the report which was submitted to the authorities available for all Senators and interested media so they can independently verify it's contents.
The additional reports volumes 2, 3 and 4 which will be made available to the International and National authorities in due course consist of: Volume 2; video surveillance, audio recordings and transcripts of interviews with the involved parties to include Nigerian and Non-Nigerian persons. Volume 3; Full documentation of financial records of the parties involved to include Nigerian officials and Non-Nigerians. These financial records document the criminal activities of certain individuals which have corrupted the Nigerian financial structure with payoffs, offshore accounts and contract awards. Volume 4; financial and political analysis with documentation concerning the foreign creditors involved and defrauded in the Debt Buyback Scheme along with details outlining IMF and World bank involvement in the scheme.
My primary concern is to keep the focus of these criminal acts in the jurisdiction of the criminal courts and not in the political arena where personal and political motives whitewash or cover-up this financial fraud to the detriment of Nigeria's international reputation..
John Fashanu and
The Financial Investigators and Forensic Accountanting Team
ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF AN ORIGINAL FRENCH CORRESPONDENCE FOLLOWS
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
Geneva, June 23, 2000
Mr Bernard BERTOSSA
and his Office
PALAIS DE JUSTICE
Place du Bourg-de-Four 1
We have agreed regretfully to file a penal complaint against Robert MINTON, as well as co-conspirators for charges of fraud (Art. 146 Penal Code), forgery of financial documents (Art. 251 Penal Code) and the laundering of money (Art. 305 ff Penal Code).
The investigation which is in progress in NIGERIA permitted to establish that several billion dollars have been diverted by Robert MINTON to the detriment of the FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA from 1987 to 1993, which particularly reside in the accounts of DISCOUNT BANK AND TRUST COMPANY in Geneva of which Robert MINTON is the holder and economic beneficiary of.
Following our interventions with this bank asking them on one side to internally block the funds which Minton still has on account and on the other side that the facts be communicated to the Bureau of Communication concerning the laundering of money, Robert MINTON had a meeting with the directors of the bank on May 30, 2000.
According to our information, he asked for the immediate transfer of his funds as well as the destruction of documents.
We are herewith constituting ourselves as civil party and have elected resident Mr Philippe NEYROUD, attorney, 8-10 rue de Hesse, 1204 Geneva.
The facts, briefly, are as follows:
Robert S. MINTON, an American national, resides at 137 Fremont Road, Sandown, New Hampshire 03873, USA. Holds an American passport as well as an Irish passport, and frequently travels to Switzerland, England and Turkey.
His wife is Therese S. MINTON, residing at 39 West Cedar St., Boston, Massachusetts 02114, USA.
In the mid 1980's the INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND and the WORLD BANK required that the continuation of their assistance to NIGERIA (restructuring of credits, new loans, etc.) depended on a reduction of the external debts of that country.
At that time the contracts between Nigeria and international creditors and debt holders had strict guidelines and clauses regarding the purchasing of NIGERIAN debt without respecting the equality of the creditors of the same rank.
In this frame, Robert MINTON conceived and executed a secret fraudulent plan from 1987 to 1993 of buying debts by diverting considerable funds coming from the CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA and the NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION (NNPC).
According to this plan, Robert MINTON and his accomplices established and used several "special purpose" corporations for the purchasing of debts of NIGERIA ("Bank debt, Government debt, promissory notes").
Having at their his disposal a confidential list identifying the principal owners of the debts, Robert MINTON and his corporations then contacted them directly with the purpose of convincing them that the NIGERIAN government would never refund them and obtained from the majority of them the transfer of the debt at a low price.
These acquisitions were financed with funds directly from the CBN and NNPC.
The corporations of Robert MINTON then increased these debts to higher prices to the CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA and resulted in several millions of dollars more in commissions and fees.
The CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA bought the debts for several million of dollars more, being defrauded by not being provided with the actual costs to the corporations of Mr. MINTON.
In this context, GML INTERNATIONAL Ltd (previously GROWTH MANAGEMENT Ltd) established in London by Robert MINTON (Att. 1-2),, played a central role as "financial advisors".
MINTON has been separated from that corporation since 1991.
Other corporations were established and utilized by MINTON, specifically:
A. GREENLAND HOLDINGS Inc., Panama.
B. SHAMROCK FINANCIAL CORPORATION, established in Sandown / Salem, New Hampshire, USA, January 30, 1991 (Att. 3)
C. GREENCLAD Ltd established in London June 30, 1986 (Att. 4) of which the corporate name was changed on June 30, 1986 to GROMAN FORFAITING Ltd. The corporation was dissolved in December 1989 (Att. 5).
D. TRIOLET INTERNATIONAL Inc, established in Boston, Massachusetts, September 13, 1988 and which merged on December 31, 1990 with TRIOLET INTERNATIONAL Ltd (Att. 6-7).
E. TRIOLET INTERNATIONAL Ltd. established in Manchester, New Hampshire on December 21, 1980 and dissolved in May 1998 (Att. 8).
F ARGYLE KENT Ltd London.
The two corporations TRIOLET INTERNATIONAL and SHAMROCK FINANCIAL acquired debts owed by NIGERIA for a total of $5 billion in nominal value between 1988 and 1993. Debts of nominal value of several hundreds of millions of dollars were specifically acquired from BCCI.
Very likely the intermediary transfer of debts between firms permitted the raise of costs of acquisition fictionally.
With letter of January 15, 1992 signed by Robert MINTON, SHAMROCK FINANCIAL CORPORATION confirmed to the CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA the acquisition of bank debt for an amount of $1,200,000,000 (and that for the benefit of the Central Bank of Nigeria). (Att. 9)
The detailed accounting of the operations for GREENLAND HOLDING INC. also indicates the purchase of debts from March 1988 to December 1991 for more than one billion dollars.
This accounting shows a list of owners of the debt from whom they were bought, the nominal value as well as the "Cost to GREENLAND" which represents in each case between 25% and 45% of their nominal value. (Att. 10)
We know however that most of the debts had been obtained at a very low price and the alleged "Cost to GREENLAND" provided by MINTON to the CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA was false. The records of intermediary bankers or "Debt Traders" permit to establish the insider trading which escalated the price, And increased undisclosed fees and commissions.
In Geneva, Robert MINTON deposited the diverted funds in different bank accounts which were opened for corporations as well as his personal accounts operated with codes.
ROBERT MINTON and his wife opened several accounts specifically for GREENLAND HOLDINGS, at the DISCOUNT BANK AND TRUST COMPANY, 1-3 quai de l'Ile, 1204 Geneva.
MINTON was introduced to this bank by M. Jozef BICACO, a Turkish national, residing at rue Louis-Curval 10, 1206, Geneva.
M. Albert CEZANA, sub-director, residing at 10 chemin Rieu, Geneva and M Nessim HABIB, associate director, residing at 96, chemin du Levant in Lausanne were in charge of managing the accounts.
One of the important accounts that Minton was the economic beneficiary of was opened in the name of the KAROSA Foundation. This foundation is being administered by M Nessim HABIB.
At this Geneva bank, MINTON used to identify himself under the name of "Mr. B. Katy". It is by the way noted that this organization issued credit cards under the (false) name Katy used by Mr. Minton.
Several hundreds of millions of dollars were diverted to the detriment of Nigeria between 1987 and 1993 and went through the accounts at DISCOUNT BANK AND TRUST COMPANY in Geneva.
We know that on 19 November 1998, a transaction in the amount of $4 million was conducted at this bank by MINTON and the KAROSA Foundation; account number: 108:10179140900.
MINTON and his wife are actually in contact with DISCOUNT BANK AND TRUST COMPANY Geneva where they own important funds.
Connected with the Geneva bank, Robert MINTON and his wife are also the holders and economic beneficiaries of accounts with the DISCOUNT BANK AND TRUST COMPANY in London. Those accounts are being managed by M Patricia COUSINS (Account Manager).
With letter of March 29, 2000, Prince Bola AJIBOLA, High Commissioner of NIGERIA in London informed DISCOUNT BANK AND TRUST COMPANY Geneva that a judicial investigation had been opened against MINTON and demanded that the bank block his funds internally. (Att. 11).
On April 3, 2000 our counsel in Geneva confirmed to the bank that they had to proceed and had the obligation to state the facts to the Bureau of Communication concerning money laundering in accordance with the law relating to the fight against money laundering n the financial sector. (Att. 12).
The bank confirmed receipt of the letter on April 4, 2000 without however stating the measures they wanted to take. (Att. 13)
In this context, Robert MINTON traveled to Europe to meet the directors of the DISCOUNT BANK AND TRUST COMPANY.
MINTON was accompanied in his travels by Stacy BROOKS, an American national, born April 8, 1952 and residing at 107 17th St. Belleair Beach, Florida 33786.
In London, MINTON had a meeting on May 25, 2000 at the offices of DISCOUNT BANK AND TRUST COMPANY, Grosvenor Square 34 with Patricia COUSINS and M Nessim HABIB who is managing the accounts for the Geneva bank.
On 30 May 2000, ROBERT MINTON went to the offices of DISCOUNT BANK AND TRUST in Geneva where he had a meeting with the directors.
According to our information, Robert MINTON demanded at that meeting the immediate transfer of his funds specifically to Germany and Great Britain as well as the destruction of documents.
Following that meeting, our law firm addressed a new circumstantial correspondence --- by Fax and hand couriered --- mentioning the presence of Robert MINTON in their house and reminding them of their vigilant obligation. (Att. 14)
MINTON and his escort departed Geneva on May 31, 2000 for Frankfurt, Hamburg and Leipzig for meetings with German banks.
MINTON and Stacy BROOKS reserved places to return to Boston, United States for June 5, 2000.
Other accounts were opened by MINTON in Switzerland, specifically in the name of "PREDILECT", GROWTH MANAGEMENT Ltd / GML INTERNATIONAL Ltd and GREENLAND HOLDINGS, at CENTRAPRIV ZURICH AG, Stauffacherstrasse 44, 8039 Zurich and BANK CANTRADE Zurich.
Mr Kurt BYLANG of CENTRAPRIV ZURICH AG was in charge of administering the accounts at CANTRADE BANK.
Very likely in connection with CENTRAPRIV ZURICH AG, GREENLAND HOLDINGS has an address at Stauffacherstrasse 5, 8089 Zurich.
After having suspected that the funds received from NIGERIA constituted an activity of money laundering, BANK CANTRADE closed its accounts for GROWTH MANAGEMENT Ltd / GML INTERNATIONAL LTD and GREENLAND HOLDINGS.
The main conduit and flow of funds into DISCOUNT BANK AND TRUST came from OSTERREICHISCHE LANDERBANK now known as BANK AUSTRIA which is also suspected of harboring assets for Mr. MINTON accumulated through his criminal enterprise.
Robert MINTON, GML INTERNATIONAL Ltd, GREENLAND HOLDINGS, TRIOLET NTERNATIONAL and SHAMROCK FINANCIAL CORPORATION, have also been in contact with the following banks and financial institutions:
BANQUE DE DEPOTS, 94 rue du Rhone, Geneva (GORDON-AHMED Sabiha, sub director),
HERITAGE FINANCE & TRUST SA, 12 cours des Bastions, 1205 Geneva (M. Christian M WAGNER).
SIFIDA Societe Internationale Financiere pour les Investissements et le Developpement en Afrique, Luxembourg, Affiliate of Chene-Bourg, rue Francois- Perreard 22 (M. Philippe SECHAUD, Administrative delegate).
SWISS BANK CORP, especially for operations with the agency in New York 10008, 222 Broadway (M. Anton SPICIJARIC).
PARVENTA FINANZ AG, Bale Zug
* * *
The relative facts constitute violations of statutes at the beginning of the complaint, fraud, forgery of financial documents and money laundering.
We respectfully request the seizure at DISCOUNT BANK AND TRUST COMPANY, Geneva, of assets in the various accounts for which Robert MINTON and his wife are the owners, economic beneficiaries or for which they are nominees, as well as the seizure of correspondence (including the written instructions and internal notes relative to the different communications) of the various accounts for which they are or were the owners, economic beneficiaries, and this from the beginning of the opening of the accounts.
We also request the interrogations of M. Joseph ASSARAF, Director General, of M Nessim HABIB, of M Albert CEZANA and other employees of the bank who have knowledge of the accounts which Robert MINTON has / had the control of.
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
[SIGNED] Prince Bola Ajibola High Comissioner