Bashorun Jide Omokore
The leak
If
information reaching asabeafrika is
worth to be taken serious, then one of Nigeria’s top oil barons, Bashorun
Jide Omokore’s
health might be in danger.  The Kogi state born oil baron and very
intimate friend of the government in power was alleged to have fell down in the
bath-tub inside one of his choicest properties in the capital city of Abuja
while bathing and initially went into coma. 

A very influential source who spoke with us last weekend confirmed the
allegation “Yes, it is all over here in Abuja, they said he had high blood
pressure and while bathing he fell down and suffered some cardiovascular
challenges” claimed the source who asked not to be named. “Right now, we even
heard he is receiving treatment at a private hospital in Ikoyi area of Lagos”
the source spoke further.

This
information is coming up exactly ten months after the June 8, 2013 super
wedding carnival involving Jide Omokore’s son and the daughter
of a Jigawa state born permanent secretary at the Ministry of Petroleum
Resources -Abuja, Ambassador Abdulazeez Musa. The talk of the town wedding
ceremony which was witnessed by over four hundred Nigerian celebrities and
political big wigs on Omokore’s bill to Dubai, later led to the redeployment of
his in-law, Ambassador Abdulazeez Musa from the ministry of petroleum
resources to an obscure ministry. Ambassador Abdulazeez Musa whose
daughter met Omokore’s son in the United Kingdom some 8 years back and had the
first leg of their wedding in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital before the last leg in
Dubai, capital of the United Arab Emirate, with an extravagant celebration was
asked to report to the office of the Head of the Civil Service of the
Federation Alhaji Aba Aji Goni for immediate redeployment.
Although,
three reasons were bandied around the Nigerian social circle for the disgrace
witnessed by AbdulAzeez Musa who is a Muslim by faith; one was that the
Presidency frowned at the extravagant nature of the wedding ceremony due to
Abdulazeez’s pedigree as a Civil Servant. 
Second reason was the fact that, Jide Omokore who is a Christian and
supposed friend of the government of the day allowed lots of opposition party
stalwarts to grace the occasion which was chaired by a former Police Affairs
Minster and Governor of the old Western Region, Major General David Medayase
Jemibewon
. One of the prominent opposition leaders that graced the
occasion is APC national leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and a host
of other politicians considered to be “enemy” of the government of the day.
Bashorun Jide Omokore’s wife
Lastly,
some powerful Abuja sources told the media that Ambassador Abdulazeez’s removal
from the juicy ministry of petroleum resources a week after his daughter
married Omokore’s son was as a result of petitions sent to the presidency by
some oil marketers alleging that Abdul-Azeez was using his position
as a permanent secretary in the Petroleum Resources Ministry to fuel plum
opportunities for his in-law, Omokore who is a major oil marketer.
However, the Omokore Dubai wedding became an albatross for the Jigawa state
born Civil Servant.
Gale of Misfortunes  
Unconfirmed
allegations at our disposal made it known that the recent health challenges
suffered by the Oil baron is just one of the many issues that has affected his
life since the auspicious event staring his son and the permanent secretary’s
daughter in June 2013.  Omokore who is a
Kogi PDP stalwart with high connection in Abuja is said to have lost face with
the first family who initially held him in high esteem because of the
auspicious wedding of his son in Dubai where guests were housed in a four
thousand dollars per night hotel. Secondly, his oil businesses are said to be
going through distress at the moment due to some financial constraints with a
major new generation bank.  Lastly, his
new wife, Angella Ebagua who is a top shot at Access Bank Plc is also
alleged to be having high blood pressure and has also been on medication in the
last couple of weeks. A source who claimed to have seen her around the Abacha
estate
in Osborne area of Ikoyi couple of days back said ‘she looks
stressed up”. Another source who witnessed the Dubai wedding last year added
her opinion “I think Angella brought him a lot of misfortune at the occasion.
She was not only rude to guests but she equally turned some guests back at the
occasion. Can you imagine guests who took the pain to travel all the way from
Nigeria to Dubai and you rudely insulted them and turned them back because you
said they didn’t show up with their invitation cards or didn’t dress in Aso
Ebi. I think the Dubai event was just an opportunity for that Edo girl to
rubbish people” confirmed the source. Another very powerful lady whose husband
is an ex-military top brass and whose husband was one of the lucky four hundred
Nigerian guests that slept in the four thousand dollars per night suite in
Dubai lamented how shrewd the billionaire was “In fact, my husband even said he
begged him to hand over the four thousand dollars to him and let him sleep in a
cheaper hotel but he refused. You need to see how that boy spoilt money in
Dubai; the hotel is a very hi-tech one and he didn’t mind spending that kind of
money to spoil everyone silly. They even imported Brazilian dancers to
entertain guests. It was a money show event. No Nigerian journalist was allowed
to take pictures, they only engaged whites”
The olden times
As
for Omokore and Angella Ebagua, their romance started sometime in 2006 after
Omokore had a misunderstanding with his first wife who was then living in Kwara
state with their children. Blessed with a captivating beauty, Angella who was
just rising at the marketing department of Access Bank at the time had Jide Omokore
to thank for her dramatic rise at the bank first, to the post of a General
Manager and now a director as the oil baron who was then into Iron rod business
facilitated huge deposits for Angella from both his company and associates
companies.  Angella who was squatting
with a banker brother on the mainland side of Lagos in 2006 was later elevated
by Jide Omokore who got her a luxury apartment in the Victoria Island vicinity
where she met and played with the big players. 
She later took charge of both Jide’s business and love life to the
extent of hiring and firing staff on his behalf at his then office, Vivatech Ltd situated on the 9th
floor of a high rise building on Adeyemo Alakija, Victoria Island, Lagos.
What next? 
 
With
what allegedly befell the billionaire oil baron last week, there are
indications that he might be flown abroad early next week for extensive medical
care as the illness is said to have weighed him down. Conflicting reports to
this blog says he is recuperating at a private hospital at Ikoyi area of Lagos
South West Nigeria while another one that hits us some forty five minutes
before this post claims that the Business Administration graduate from Kwara
State College of Technology now Kwara Polytechnic is recuperating at his Abuja
home.

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