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shaka



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Posted - 16 Sep 2008 :  20:50:23  Show Profile Send shaka a Private Message
Here is an interesting excerpt from a Senegalese newspapers about the Babanding Cissokho mystery.



Babani Cisokho the West African businessman landed in Miami, Florida on a beautiful day. The Sahel Croesus(historic king of Lydia) leads a train of lavish cars, private jets, various donations and wild prodigality. Readers of the weekly Le Témoin Dakar must undoubtedly have a tonic memory of a reportage by Mamadou Omar Ndiaye on the famous visit to the American soil. The man ( God bless him) have certainly not forgotten the specially chartered jet to pay the most beautiful Paris suits on a shopping spree. In Miami, Babani bathes, until the machine is distracted.... The millionaire was in trouble with the law. He is referred to a grim case of bribing U.S. Customs and other financial scandals. Some beneficiaries of the largesse of Babani Cissoko are obliged to return the princely gifts received in money or in kind, including Mercedes worth 60 000 dollars. Among the batch of loosers are Babani's American lawyers, charities, cultural, natural and legal persons. Yet, our man walked free by paying a substantial bail bond. He jumped bail and escaped to the Gambia where he operates a commercial airline, Air Dabia. The airline has 5 Boeing 727.


THE CASE OF THE CENTURY....



The Miami New Times learned that in reality the West African "businessman" is “a swindler and a defrauder of international class”. Babani Cissoko took a blow from legal proceedings started by American justice and Interpol, within the framework of legal assistance requested by the United Arab Emirates. He is alledged to have defrauded the powerful Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) of 891 million dirhams in Dubai, equivalent to 145 billion CFA francs, between August 1995 and January 1998. The break-in of the close of the century curiously resembles a fiction . When observers note the financial “hole” within the DIB, they can easily imagine the panic of the customers of the bank and the Emirates authorities . The Minister for Finance, Sheik Hamdan Ben Rashid Al Makhtoum, took the pains to reassure the customers of the bank and the financial circle.He down played the seriousness of the situation. However the government released a loan of 463 million dollars to halt the panic. A commission of enqiury that followed qiuckly breaks down the mechanisms of the scam. The arrested Executive Director of the bank Mr Mohamed Ayyoub spoke abou duplication of bills. Babani Cissokho convinced him of his ability to multiply the money he handed. He would suggest that when he is in control, he would bring quick money into the coffers and accounts of the bank. "I was under the influence of black magic," swears Mr. Ayyoub. Final investigations came to the conclusion that
the money was transferred in 183 successive transfers in bank accounts on behalf of Babani Cissoko, between August 1995 and January 1998. The bulk of the money went to Miami, the Barnett Bank (26.5 million dollars), the City National Bank (10.7 million dollars), the Nations Bank (2.4 million dollars) , The First Union Bank (1.4 million dollars). Some of the money is found in accounts at the City of New York (37.2 million dollars). It suffices. It is impossible to mention all the transfers to accounts in Geneva, Switzerland, Isle of Man, etc.. In reality, the chasm is unfathomable. Pending the outcome of many trials that he faces, the former billionaire can not get out of Mali"



THE PROPHECY OF FODE ANSOUMANE....



An air-conditioned minibus met us at the Sénou airport in Bamako. At the Hippodrome, a residential district of Bamako, Babani in a two-piece boubou, awaits us. "You're only three… If I had known I would come and pick you up with my small car," he said merrily when we arrive in Khady Gadiaga. The residence is immense - three or four storey building, swimming pool, theory of luxurious living rooms. The small palace is too large, goodness gracious!! But the man who received and served us to drink is charming. A seducer. After presentations were made, I explain the reason for our journey. I avoid asking him if he knew or robbed a bank in Dubai, the source of his immense fortune, the number of beautiful and pulpy women she lays on his bed or tips such as "you really have made hay". "My curiousity relates only to a man who was on the run..... Babani Cissoko listened to me with almost religious attention. A sign of intelligence which does not deceive ... "I understand. I am at your disposal. " he said. My approach seem to have worked. A meeting was arranged. We head in the direction of Barco Djicoroni to Fanta Gadiaga, the great and beautiful lady who gives us board and lodging, in the purest tradition of "Diatiguiya", "Teranga Mali." We were travelling in the "small car"; actually a Mercedes-art, 6 braking systems, transformable into 4x4 if necessary, radar, blood pressure monitor, telephone, Internet and the entire tralala. This jewel cost about 150 million CFA francs. At Baco Djicoroni on the right bank of the legendary river Niger, Babani Cissoko was the porter. The man is simple and fun. At Khady he proposed a vehicle and a driver. An offer we humbly declined because it was given for the duration of our stay. Upon waking up, Babani sends his "guests" a small sheep. " Hurry up and come to the ground floor. "Djatiguiya Mali" has nothing to envy the 'Teranga of Senegal."


http://www.xibar.net/index.php?action=article&numero=12740&PHPSESSID=40228dddfac29ca77bc9bc2d81933597


To be continued

Edited by - shaka on 18 Sep 2008 02:42:09

kaanibaa



United Kingdom
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Posted - 16 Sep 2008 :  21:18:22  Show Profile Send kaanibaa a Private Message
my tenkeremess! millions just taken out of a bank on a continuous cycle, by a swindler of the master class! This was the real hustle Malian style. Greedy officials can gt duped this way and once hooked the fall so badly and worst than Humpty Dumpty they go to pieces , no one can gather them together again.
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shaka



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Posted - 16 Sep 2008 :  23:25:19  Show Profile Send shaka a Private Message
"I was under a black magic spell" swore Mr Mohammed Ayyoub the Executive Director of DIB. What a fat lie!! The only spell here was greed, period. How could someone entrusted with so much money like Mr Ayyoub be so stupid to part away with nearly US$243million believing that Babanding Cissokho can actually double, treble, quadruple (or whatever) this money with the aid of black magic. If Mr Cissokho was that good how come Mali is still one of the poorest nations on earth? This is the height of gullibility!!! Some people are so greedy they would sell their own mother for the dollar. The fact that this was not a one off scam but continued in a span of over two years makes it the more ridiculous. I wish i could grab hold of this newspaper to see how this saga ended. If Babanding could get hold of a top Lawyer i believe there could be an escape route for him. The real criminal here is the bank executive and the other bankers involved in this deal. How could any lawyer possibly argue the case of black magic in court? This is beyond belief!! Was Babanding Robin Hood?
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Santanfara



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Posted - 17 Sep 2008 :  19:54:49  Show Profile  Visit Santanfara's Homepage Send Santanfara a Private Message
Shaka, mr Ayoub was halucinating. this is what happens when one person is given the power to control huge funds. a french man did the same, gambling away his banks wealth. he end up writing a book and now he is giving lectures. can you believe it. he is heard on radio stations and the likes. that man should be jailed, but oh no, pitty thiefs get hanged , mega thiefs, well, they are let go.
one former director of Northern rock also wrote a book, telling it all. he is also a free man after they collectively squander people wealth. this men are still respected. what do you think? a career is major defrauding!!

Surah- Ar-Rum 30-22
"And among His signs is the creation of heavens and the earth, and the difference of your languages and colours. verily, in that are indeed signs for men of sound knowledge." Qu'ran

www.suntoumana.blogspot.com
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kondorong



Gambia
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Posted - 17 Sep 2008 :  20:27:08  Show Profile Send kondorong a Private Message
Santa

I will give you a line from Shakespeare:

"When beggars die, there are no comeths seen;
The Heavens themselves blaze forth the death of Princes"

The funniest thing about human society is that it is ruled by a minority with authority from the majority and yet, the majority can only hope and pray that the minority will execise virtue if they so wished.

Yet we call ourselves intelligent beings but being strangled by the minority that keeps looking the other way.

You see for the poor guy, these numbers seem unreal and sometimes the majority poor even deny them as hallucinations. I remmeber the same during the Commissions in the Gambia. For many a Gambian, one million is an impossible number to squander. Rightly so, especially when their annual incomes are less than D3000.00


“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always.”
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shaka



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Posted - 17 Sep 2008 :  20:54:12  Show Profile Send shaka a Private Message
This is truely "unfathomable" as the writer puts it. I will try to translate the rest of the excerpt after the Champions League football match. It deals with lifestyle of Babanding in Dabia as the author is invited for exclusive interview with "the man".

Edited by - shaka on 17 Sep 2008 23:17:51
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shaka



996 Posts

Posted - 19 Sep 2008 :  02:08:47  Show Profile Send shaka a Private Message
IN THE BEGINNING A SAINT CAME TO SOKOTO....



"I was born in Dabia in 1945. I bear the name of Fodé Ansoumane, a holy man of the family of the Sultan of Sokoto." Babani narates how Bala-Fassékè Kouyaté came to keep the sanctity of the Sosso balafon and sang the Son of Buffalo. Babani treats his legend with a rare talent. "I know that man is what he conceals, but i am a readily exonerated Foutanga." The prodigal son is pursuing the dream of transforming Dabia into the queen of villages in the world, to the cost of 223 billion CFA francs! A novel economics by Babani Cissokho. Without saying so explicitly Babani Cissokho sees himself as the proclaimed son that would make Dabia illustrious and prosperous forever. Babani Cissokho is well tuned to the family chronicles narated to him every night by his grandfather after dinner. Perhaps this explains that.



THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE....



Babani remembers to have always battled for a place under the sun. The struggles and the days without, he knows it all. The success in business and among women. "I was born on August 17, 1945 in Dabia, in the midst of a drought. Lightning burned all the huts of the village, except the one where I was born. I owe a lot to Dabia...." The legend… And he is blessed with paths of fortune, strewn with gold nuggets, diamonds and dollars under the sun. An overview of moments that remain etched in the memory of Babani…


Damn!! This is the end of the excerpt. Wish i had the magazine with the whole story.

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shaka



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Posted - 19 Sep 2008 :  19:51:46  Show Profile Send shaka a Private Message
It is quite interesting how despite the gravity of his deed Babanding seemed quite proud of it. Even waxing poetry by drawing comparism to the legendary powers of flattery of the great griot of Sundiata Keita, Bala-Fassékè Kouyaté. Those who graduated from Saints in 1994 would be familiar with the story of Bala-Fasseke and the legendary balafon of the sorcerer king of Sosso Soumaoro Kante in Form 2 litterature. Legend had it that when Sundiata and his mother(the buffalo woman) went into exile after the death of his father, his step-brother(Dankaran Touman) would assume the kingship only to surrender to the king of Sosso Soumaoro Kante. As an appeasement to the King of Sosso, Dankaran Touman offered his sister Nana Triban as a wife and Sundiatta's griot Bala-Fessseke. Bala-Fesseke would later enter the most sacred chamber of the King where amidst all the evil fetishes and artifacts on display was also the legendary balafon of the king. Being the musician he was Bala-Fesseke just could not resist playing the instrument. Only the king plays the balafon after his victories in praise of himself and it is claimed that he is always intuitively in touch with his magical instrument no matter how far away he was and that the slightest touch by any person and the king would know that someone has entered his sacred chamber. On this occasion the king rushed back to his chamber fuming with anger. Upon hearing the king's foot steps outside the chamber Bala-Fesseke switched key without losing composure and sang a song in honour of Soumaoro Kante:

There he is, Soumaoro Kanteh.

All hail, you who sit on the skin of kings.

All hail, Simbon of the deadly arrow.

I salute you, you who wear the clothes of human skin.....

So flattered by the song was the king that he proclaimed: "How sweet it is to hear one's praises sung by someone else; Bala-Fesseke you will never return to Mali for from today you are my griot."


It is clear that Babanding is acknowledging to using this gift of flattery to dupe the Arab Sheikhs. What a cheek!! Banbanding surely envisaged himself as Dabia's Robin Hood who stole from the rich Arab Sheikhs to give to the poor of Dabia. Very interesting!!
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Santanfara



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Posted - 20 Sep 2008 :  07:58:22  Show Profile  Visit Santanfara's Homepage Send Santanfara a Private Message
shaka, very interesting comparison there.

Surah- Ar-Rum 30-22
"And among His signs is the creation of heavens and the earth, and the difference of your languages and colours. verily, in that are indeed signs for men of sound knowledge." Qu'ran

www.suntoumana.blogspot.com
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Momodou



Denmark
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Posted - 20 Sep 2008 :  21:09:03  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message
Here is a reuter news about Babanding from GambiaL archives when he was tried in Maimi in september 1997.


MIAMI (Reuter) - A Gambian millionaire who delighted Miami with his largesse is going to jail after a judge ruled he was not protected by diplomatic immunity when he tried to bribe a customs officer, the U.S. attorney's office said Tuesday.

Foutanga Dit Babani Sissoko, 51, pleaded guilty in March to offering $30,000 to a customs agent to permit the export of two military helicopters to Gambia without proper licenses.

The Gambian government intervened, saying he had diplomatic status as a ``special adviser to a special mission to the United States'' to buy the helicopters.

But District Judge Michael Moore disagreed in a ruling Monday. He said the Gambian government had not properly informed the U.S. government of Sissoko's status and the State Department had never authorized it.

Moore had sentenced Sissoko to four months in jail and four months of house arrest. He must serve a remaining 41 days inprison.
While awaiting his fate, Sissoko took up residence in a luxury apartment and managed his business empire of gold, oil, hotels, casinos and an airline.
Known as a generous benefactor of the poor in Africa, his largesse became legendary in Miami. Sissoko gave a masseuse a $10,000 tip, a high school marching band $300,000, a car to a woman he met at an auto dealership and his a lawyer a Mercedes.Take care.

A clear concience fears no accusation - proverb from Sierra Leone
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shaka



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Posted - 21 Sep 2008 :  12:56:31  Show Profile Send shaka a Private Message
Santa the Babanding Cissokho story is the kind of story you thought you will only ever see in Hollywood fiction movies, never in real life. Here are the articles that the Senegalese writer referenced. Be warned, this will change you life, you will look at life in a very different light after this. Greed is the worst disease to have naturally afflicted human kind and it is at its worst when those whose are meant to protect our societies from this scourge succumb to the evil. I mean a whole network of individual where on the take from Babanding's wealth. They include presidents, US Senators, Lawyers, law enforcement officials and even Judge Michael Moore mentioned in Momodou's atricle above was corrupted. Even though he did not directedly take money from Mr Cissokho, he actually directed him to give money to his charity of choice before setting him free. Baba was a few days away from rubbing shoulders with President Clinton in a Democratic Party fundraiser as a major donor before he was arrested. Let me not spoil your read.


Baba's Big Bucks.

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/1998-07-30/news/baba-s-big-bucks/


The Baba Chronicles

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/1997-09-25/news/the-baba-chronicles/



The Baba Chronicles, Part 2

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/1997-11-06/news/the-baba-chronicles-part-2/


Bye-Bye, Baba

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/1997-11-27/news/bye-bye-baba/


Closing in on Baba

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/1999-04-08/news/closing-in-on-baba/

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Hiz Princess



United Kingdom
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Posted - 21 Sep 2008 :  22:01:09  Show Profile Send Hiz Princess a Private Message
This whole story smacks stupid is as stupid does, the pair of then should be locked up and the key tossed into the Alantic.

'Known as a generous benefactor of the poor in Africa, his largesse became legendary in Miami. Sissoko gave a masseuse a $10,000 tip, a high school marching band $300,000, a car to a woman he met at an auto dealership and his a lawyer a Mercedes.'

He gives a woman in a dealership, which I assume is there, because she either wants to purchase a car or works there. That was productive! All in the land of the free! This wasn't in Africa it was in the US

What prey tell me, did he do or his own countrymen??

Perhaps with his black magic he could have put it to better use and help Gambias current economic climate

He is the CEO of Negoce International so he is able im sure ,to have run much more of his ill gotten gains though the company books.
But where does he choose to squander his money on a $300,000 trip to new york for a marching band he heard play in a hotel lobby in Miami

As for the $10,000 to a masseuse does the fact he would not let her touch him because of his religious beliefs show he has good character hmmmmmmmm maybe that's why Judge Michael Moore sentence was so lenient.

'A fool and his money are soon parted' maybe Mohammed Ayyoub should take comfort in this saying then again it weren't really his money so perhaps not.
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shaka



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Posted - 22 Sep 2008 :  19:24:11  Show Profile Send shaka a Private Message
Hiz, here are some of the culprits as well as disturbing facts about this scandal. The most diturbing for me is Ernst & Young's dubious involvement in this scandal. We are talking about one of the four biggest auditting firms in the world here. Who is to say the auditors(not the firm) were not beneficiaries to Mr Ayyoub's "generousity." Tell you what; after this anybody who tries convince me the Gambia government's finances are in good health because the IMF or World Bank says so, will be in trouble with me. Who can you entrust to look after societies welfare in this world.


1. In Dubai, Ayyoub and the bank's chief accountant, Hussein El Refaie -- who has admitted assisting Ayyoub in making the transfers to Sissoko's accounts -- were arrested this past March and charged with embezzlement


2. Ellison says he is also trying to determine why the bank's outside accountants, Ernst & Young, failed to discover any irregularities in the bank's bookkeeping during its annual audits. "In December they gave the bank a clean bill of health,"


3. Ayyoub has told authorities that in early December of last year, a man named Cherif Haidara came to see him at the bank. "He told Ayyoub he could assist him in recovering the money from Sissoko,"....... He advanced some cash to Haidara, who returned a few days later, reported on his progress, and asked for more money............ "By the time it was over, Ayyoub had paid Haidara nearly three million dollars in bank funds," Ellison sighs, "and he never actually provided any useful information. He was just a con man."


4. Indeed, two months before the 1996 presidential election, Sissoko was invited to attend a dinner party with President Clinton in Washington. He accepted.............Unfortunately Sissoko was unable to go. Just days before the September 6, 1996, White House gala, he was arrested by Interpol in Geneva, Switzerland, on warrants issued in Florida.


5. In addition to a team of powerful local attorneys, he also employed former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh to pressure Justice Department officials. During the process, Bayh and others sought to destroy the reputations of the prosecutors in Miami who were handling the criminal case.


6. Sissoko even enlisted the support of several current members of Congress, most notably Jacksonville's Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.), who personally spoke to Attorney General Janet Reno on Sissoko's behalf. Brown's actions have come under intense scrutiny in recent months, after the St. Petersburg Times reported that, following Brown's contact with Reno, her daughter received a $60,000 Lexus from Pouye, Sissoko's chief financial officer.......
Ellison had looked forward to going after the car given to Brown's daughter, but earlier this month, as a result of the controversy, the car was sold and the proceeds donated to a Washington charity


7. Sissoko spent 43 days in jail and had begun serving the remainder of his time under house arrest on Brickell Key when U.S. District Court Judge K. Michael Moore abruptly decided he could go home. As New Times reported this past November, Moore had secretly orchestrated a $1.2 million donation from Sissoko to Camillus House earlier that month. Within 48 hours of Sissoko's writing the check to the homeless center, Moore signed an order permitting him to leave the country, even though three months remained on his sentence.






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Hiz Princess



United Kingdom
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Posted - 22 Sep 2008 :  23:19:56  Show Profile Send Hiz Princess a Private Message
Shaka thank you for the additional information, I hear you loud and clear.

Is this the same Ernst & Young that identify fraud and corrupt practices in corporate businesses??? One of thelargest private firms on the planet and they saw nothing odd when compling their book keeping???

As for Birch Bayh he's well known as having problems with ethical codes

As crooked as a dogs back leg the lot of them

I cannot put into words the contempt I feel.
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shaka



996 Posts

Posted - 23 Sep 2008 :  00:54:59  Show Profile Send shaka a Private Message
It Is the one and only Ernst & Young. It's a mad world!!!
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