+ How He Ran Skye Bank Aground
Tunde Ayeni, the former Chairman of Skye Bank Plc (now Polaris Bank),
is trapped in a maze of depressive economy. His hard luck could be attributed to deceptive commerce and ethical misadventure, according to pundits in the banking sector. According to many close watchers, Ayeni lacks a humane and open heart; that was why he pitilessly pilfered the Skye bank coffers in connivance with his management team.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has detained Ayeni for alleged fraud. He was arrested and detained some days ago in Abuja.
Ayeni, the beleaguered former chairman of Skye Bank Plc who has been accused of mismanaging the funds of the bank. He, alongside top members of the bank, was going to be unceremoniously removed by the Central Bank of Nigeria in July 2016, when it was discovered that they had run the bank aground, but they aborted the move and quickly resigned.
Nonetheless, the albatross of Skye Bank’s fall still hangs on Ayeni’s neck.
Meanwhile, at the home front, Ayeni’s wife, Biola lives an uneasy life. As the wife of the ex-chairman of Skye Bank, her life should be filled with bliss. But no thanks to her husband, their love resounds like the spent hiss of a dying serpent. Biola’s entrance into the life of Ayeni was electrifying, but her journey through the world is mired in dilemma and pain.
Insiders revealed that Biola has been suffering in silence. She is not a happy woman and her grief stems from her husband undying love for Gail Fajembola, his mistress of many years.
With his age-long involvement with Gail,52, Ayeni denies his wife the passion and devotion she craves for from him. The controversial businessman, who has reportedly sunk his neck deep in debts running into billions, does not care what anyone thinks as he carries on with Gail in the full glare of the world.
When the going was good for the overnight billionaire, Gail was his partner in the ruination of Skye Bank. Together, they called the shots at the bank. She was as popular in the bank’s headquarters as a regular worker. Gail had him wrapped around her fingers and Ayeni worshipped the ground on which she walked. Ayeni saw sunshine in her smile and her voice went right to his brain like a shot of single malt.
Like a yo-yo, Gail manipulated Ayeni for her selfish ends. Although he owes a lot of banks and contractors outrageous debts amounting to billions of naira, he splurged on Gail and she got whatever she wanted. To underscore his love for her, Ayeni reportedly bought her a stately mansion in the billionaire’s fortress, Banana Island, Ikoyi, and in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. And Gail knows perfectly well, how to play the part of the cocky and sophisticated mistress. At Ayeni’s expense, she has a retinue of house-helps at her beck and call at her Banana Island home. She also has Cynosure Interior, a multi-million naira interior decor showroom, to show for her affair with Ayeni
Sources disclosed that Ayeni finds so much comfort in Gail’s company, and he expends immeasurable amount of resources into making her happy. The two lovers are always together; and this explains why Ayeni hardly steps out with his legal wife.
Many may not have raised eyebrows if their illicit affair did not affect Ayeni’s home but the point of divergence was that Gail also determined how he treated his wife. In fact, it took the intervention of family and friends to get Ayeni to throw modest birthday party for Biola when she clocked 50 in November 2017. Most guests described the party as being unbefitting of the wife of a billionaire. The long-suffering woman has since taken her fate with equanimity.
However, Gail is now romantically involved with another moneybag, Roland Ewubare. He is the Group General Manager of National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), a Corporate Services Unit (CSU) in the Exploration and Production Directorate of the NNPC, which is charged with the responsibility of managing the Nigerian government’s investment in the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry.
Although, Ewubare is also financially loaded, he is not in the league of Ayeni. However, what both men do have in common, is their sacred fixation with Gail, and a determination to see to it that she is never in lack.