Logistics firm accuses Atiku of owing $5.9m US visa processing fee
Atiku’s lawyer said the allegation is a ploy by the firm to extort money from the presidential candidate.
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been accused by a logistics firm of owing $5.9million which was allegedly used to process a United States visa for him.
The firm, Legacy Logistics in a letter addressed to Atiku through its law firm, Jurispetus Associates said the agreement to process and procure the United States of America visa for Atiku was entered into in October 2018.
The letter reads: “We are solicitors to Legacy Logistics LLC Ltd (hereinafter referred to as our client and on its behalf and instructions we write you.
“Our client briefed us that you instructed your legal representative Prof. Maxwell Gidado, SAN, and your advisor, Dr Samuel Cornelius to seek the services of our client to process and procure United States of America visa on your behalf.
“Consequent to your instruction, a scope of service agreement was entered into dated 15 October 2018.
“The service our client was to provide based on the agreement as specified in the addendum to the scope of service agreement.
“Our client diligently executed the agreement and you were successfully issued the United States of America visa which same was delivered to you.
“You subsequently used the said visa and traveled to the United States of America whereby your teaming supporters and admirers in Nigeria and the World over applauded you.
“Your Excellency sir, you have intentionally refused and neglected to honor your part of the service agreement despite repeated demands from our client.”
Atiku’s Camp reacts: In his response to the allegation, Atiku’s lawyer, Gidado said the allegation is a ploy by the firm to extort money from the presidential candidate.
“My take on the allegation above is that the authors of the allegation are simply fraudsters and extortionists.
“There has never been any legally binding contract between Atiku Abubakar and themselves. Neither has there been any of that between me authorized by Atiku Abubakar as claimed by them with themselves.
“So this contraption is nothing but an attempt to extort money from Atiku Abubakar. The legal team of Atiku Abubakar is on top of the matter and they will soon be hearing from them,” he said.