Sun, 27 Dec 2009 Nigeria

“Dr. Mutallab told US Embassy Umaru was planning something”- Family

By understands that Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab is a 23 year old engineering graduate of University College in London and son of the former chairman of First Bank of Nigeria Dr. Umaru Abdul Mutallab. Our checks reveal that upon his graduation, he returned to Nigeria and informed his father that he intended to undertake a master's degree programme in Cairo, Egypt. Aware of his son`s extreme religious views, the family rebuffed his request to study in Egypt, the home town of Ayman al-Zawahiri and chose Dubai instead.

However, weeks after arriving in Dubai, Umaru Farouk sent words home to his family that he was relocating to Yemen, an Al Qaeda stronghold. Where he allegedly received some training on explosives and IED`s.

Contrary to reports that Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab obtained his visa from a US consulate in Nigeria, can say that he obtained a multiple tourist visa to the United States in June of 2008, in London. Nevertheless, his father recently notified the United State Authorities that his son had become a Muslim religious extremist, who is highly radicalized and may be planning a terrorist attack. Consequently, he was placed on some sort of watch list, but in the words of a state department source, the information his father provided was not specific enough to warrant a revocation of his visa or put him on a no flight list.

Profile of Dr. Muttalab, “Father of Umar Farouk the Terrorist” (TheWill Nigeria)

Dr. Umaru Abdul Muttalab is chairman of the Nigeria's first Islamic Bank, Jaiz Bank International Plc which was established in 2003. He has over 30 years experience in developmental, commercial and merchant banking. One of his co-directors at the bank is Nigeria's minister for petroleum resources & former secretary of OPEC, Dr. Rilwanu Lukman.

Career and Life
A Veteran Chairman of the Board of First Bank Plc Alhaji Umaru Abdul Mutallab, 70, was born in Katsina State on December 15, 1939. He formally retired from the position of chairman after serving on the Board for thirteen years.

His voluntary retirement was announced at the Board meeting of the bank in Lagos some weeks ago. First Bank named Ayoola Oba Otudeko as replacement.Mutallab was appointed to the Board of First Bank in 1996 and became its Chairman in 1999. He attended Barewa College, Zaria, Achimota College, Accra, Ghana and the South West London College, London.

He started his working career in 1965 as Management Accountant with Fuller Jenks Beecroft & Co in London. He also served as Chief Accountant/Acting General Manager, Defence Industries Corporation in Kaduna. He was also the Financial Controller of the company.

He rose to become the General Manager, New Nigeria Development Company Limited (NNDC) from 1968 to 1975. In 1975, he was appointed as Federal Commissioner (i.e. Minister) for Economic Development & Reconstruction and was re-assigned to the Federal Ministry of Cooperatives & Supply in 1976.

He was a member, Federal Executive Council from 1976 to 1978. He left to serve as Executive Vice Chairman/Managing Director, United Bank for Africa (UBA) up till 1988.Mutallab is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered and Certified Accountants (FCCA), Fellow Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA), Fellow Institute of the International Bankers Association of the United States (FIBA) and Fellow Institute of Bankers of Nigeria.

He holds the Nigeria National Honor of the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) and the Italian National Honour of Commander of the Order of Merit. He was awarded a

Honourary Doctorate Degree by the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.Mutallab also served on the boards of several companies such as Arewa Textiles Limited, NEPA, NACB, NCC, Nigeria Agip Oil, and the Cement Company of Northern Nigeria [CCNN].

He is currently Chairman of several companies, including Impresit Bakolori Plc, Incar Nigeria Plc and Spring Waters Nigeria Limited (SWAN). He is also Chairman, Business Support Group of the Vision 2020.

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