Ex demands N9m ‘refund’ from Customs CG’s wife 


Few days after the Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali, married his new wife, Zainab Abdullahi, her ex-boyfriend, Zubairu Malami, has demanded N9million compensation as money he spent on her during their relationship.

Ali married Zainab at a low-key wedding in Kano on Saturday.

Malami, in a letter by his lawyer, Sir I.I. Wangida, dated May 22, 2020 is demanding N9million, being the amount he spent while dating Zainab because he believed they would get married.

A copy of the letter sighted by SHIPS & PORTS reads in part: “Our brief as disclosed to us is that for over three years you have been in a relationship with our client where he has invested so much in your life, future and business when you consistently promised to marry him, even though you knew deep down in your heart you were deceiving our client but you allowed him for all these years to continuously spend money and resources on you while he was in the believe that he was doing that to his future wife.

“Be that as it may, we have our client’s brief that you have decided to pick another man for yourself as husband and while our client congratulates you on your new home, we have our client’s instructions to also disclose his displeasure over your reaction few days before your marriage by taking an unnecessary fight with him thereby insulting and calling him all kinds of names and your claims that he calculate all you have collected from him both as loans and investment and trips ticket so that you can pay him as you are no longer in his life affairs.”

Malami went ahead to list all he had invested him Abdullahi’s life, which he said amounted to N9, 081,207.45.

“In view of the above, we have our client’s instruction to demand from you the following; the sum of N2,778,207 only being the sum for travel tickets for KSA on 20th March to 5th April 2018, UAE on 17th February to 27th February 2019, PRC April 2019, UAE on 13th June to 19th June, 2019, UAE on 5th July to 10th July 2019, UAE on 30 September to 13th October 2019, UK on 18th January to 23rd January 2020, UAE on 24th January to 25th January 2020.

“N1.5m loan for your investment; N200,000 only paid for you on behalf of Dan Tsanyawa; N450,000 only for clothing business at US; N280,000 only for shop rent at Haneefa Plaza on Court Road; N350,000 only you borrowed to give your father; N350,000 only house rent refund; N300,000 only you collected as loan which you paid for your vails (sic); N360,000 only for your China trip; N500,000 only you collected for your car purchase; N250,000 only for all chinchin investment,” the aggrieved lover’s lawyer further stated.

He also demanded the return of N1.763million for “LEFE clothes”, “six abayas which you took out of the 12 abayas that were sewed; company ID cards in the name of Zainab Abdullahi Yahaya, Fatima Abdullahi Muhammed and Adnan Abdullahi Yahaya; company HP laptop given to you, company HP laptop given to Adnan Abdullahi Yahaya, company uniform given to you; a pair of shoes; one set of luggage (5 pieces); one piece of Samsonite luggage, car number plate bearing Bichi Local Government”.

“Failure to heed to same shall leave us with no other option than to proceed with legal action to recover the said sum. Your choice in this matter is our preference,” the letter added.