Aare Gani Adams In Pain, As Closest Aide, Femi Agunbiade, Allegedly Absconds With His Money - SALIENT TIMES ONLINE

Aare Gani Adams In Pain, As Closest Aide, Femi Agunbiade, Allegedly Absconds With His Money

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Recently, when Gani Adams, the national coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress OPC, marked his second year anniversary coronation as the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, his train of thought must have centered on one thing - the betrayal he suffered in the hand of a man he trusted so much.

The subject of Aare Adam’s angst is Femi Agunbiade, his first cousin and closest aide. He was reported to have played a fast one on Adams by absconding with the sum of N2.1million kept in his care. Ever since the incident happened, Adams has been seething with anger, ruing the day he accepted to bring Agunbiade into his home and entrust him with the task of handling some of his domestic affairs.

It was gathered that Adams, who is also the founder of Oodua Progressives Union, OPU,

had sent Agunbiade to the bank to make a deposit into the account of 10 Degrees Event Centre, Oregun, Ikeja, which had been penciled down to be used as the venue of the second anniversary as Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland and the installation of his new chiefs. The rest of the money was to be paid into the account of one of his spiritualists, who is based in Ugbe Akoko, Ondo state.

But rather than carry out the errands he was sent to do, Agunbiade allowed his mind to make a detour - he disappeared into thin air with the money and nothing has been heard of or from him ever since then.

To say that Adams was jolted by Agunbiade’s act of betrayal would be an understatement. He was completely shattered and deflated, not just because the amount involved was something he would consider to be paltry, but that a man he had come to regard as an adopted son could betray him by running away with his money.

However, Adams was reported to have wriggled himself out of the web of wallowing in regret, shelled out some money for the payment of the venue and ensured that the event recorded a successful turnout.

Meanwhile, some insiders who are privy to the happenings in the household of Aare Adams, have defended Agunbiade’s action. They argued that the former aide never fared well during the period he worked for his first cousin. They added that he had nothing to show for his ten years of servitude to the OPC national coordinator.

It was gathered that Agunbiade, while working for Adams, often found himself struggling to pay his house rents and carry out his other obligations to his family. He was reported to have even gone as far as begging for money to feed his family, because he was allegedly owed salaries, spanning over one year. It was also revealed that on three different occasions, the former aide was ejected from his house when he could not pay his rent.

However, some other close aides of Aare Adams have countered the claim that Agunbiade was unjustly treated by their boss. They argued that he should never have tinkered with the idea of betraying the trust of a man who took him as son. They also labeled Agunbiade as an ingrate, who refused to put his closeness to Adam’s wife, Ayinba Mojisola into consideration when he was scheming to outsmart his former boss.