Official statement: Adverse Media Report in Nigeria
Recently we became aware of serious allegations relating to our Nigerian business. We were disappointed to learn of these allegations and note that at no time were we contacted as part of an investigation by any party, be it the bank referenced in the report or any law enforcement agencies. Importantly, Mr. Fairie was not employed by Wilben at the relevant time and his inclusion in these allegations is unsupportable. Each of Wilben, Mr. Wade and Mr. Fairie is a victim in this matter and the subject of incorrect and defamatory media reports. We have appointed local counsel to represent us and cooperate with local authorities as required.
We assert that at no time did any of Wilben, Mr. Wade or Mr. Fairie participate in any fraudulent activity. The allegations made against us in the Federal High Court of Nigeria are false and will be robustly defended. In the interim, Wilben’s business continues uninterrupted in Nigeria, including with the referenced bank, and elsewhere as we take a “business as usual” approach.