Who are Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's parents?
Alhaji (Dr.) Umaru Mutallab (Farouk's father) was Nigeria's Federal Minister for Economic Development in 1975. By virtue of his position as Minister, he was instrumental in ushering the World Bank and International Monetary Fund into the country. He later served as Managing Director/Vice Chairman to United Bank for Africa for ten years (from 1978-1988) and lately, as Chairman to First Bank of Nigeria for another thirteen years. Mutallab was appointed to the Board of First Bank in 1996 and became its Chairman in 1999, he retired from that position on 13th December, 2009. He attended Barewa College, Zaria, Achimota College, Accra, Ghana and the South West London College, London. First Bank of Nigeria is exactly what its name portrays, Nigeria's first established bank and its very biggest aside the country's Central Bank. It was established in the late nineteenth century.
Today, Umaru Mutallab sits on the board of Nigeria's first proposed Islamic Bank as Chairman, Jaiz International Plc. Other board members include Alhaji Mohammed Mustapha Bintube, Dr. Aminu Alhassan Dantata CON, Alhaji (Dr.) Abdullateef Adegbite, Engr. Bunu Sheriff Musa, Malam Falalu Bello OFR, Alhaji (Chief) Abdulazeez Ude, Alhaji Sani Salihu Anka, Alhaji Tajudeen Aminu Dantata, Alhaji Nafiu Baba-Ahmed, Alhaji Shuaibu Ahmed, Group Captain Usman Jibrin (rtd), Alhaji Zayyana Ahmed, Ambassador Yerima Abdullahi and Alhaji Aminu Sule Garo. Key management staff of the proposed bank are Hassan Usman, General Manager, Investment Banking, Abdu Sa'id, General Manager, Corporate Services and Mallam Ismaila Adam, Manager, Admin and Finance.
On its website, Alhaji Umaru Abdul Mutallab is described as a major investor and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the proposed Bank, a professional accountant with over 30 years experience in Development Banking, Commercial and Merchant Banking, a current Chairman of First Bank Nigeria Plc (formerly Standard Bank) the oldest and biggest Bank in Nigeria in terms of capital (over $270million) and second largest in terms of Deposits and Assets (over $1.5 billion and $2.7 billion respectively) and he is also said to be on the board of several major companies in Nigeria.
It is also noteworthy that amongst its board members are Dr. Alhassan Dantata who is Chairman, Board of Trustees for Islamic Forum of Nigeria, Dr. Adegbite is the Secretary General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (1989 to date) and Legal Adviser to the Council (1974-1989). He is also a member of several Islamic organizations both locally and internationally. Alhaji Nafiu Baba-Ahmed is currently the Secretary General, Supreme Council of Sharia in Nigeria. Group Captain Jubrin (rtd) is the treasurer to the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in Nigeria. The Times On Line describes the 70 year old Mutallab as one of Africa's richest men.
It is believed Farouk's mother is from Yemen and is Mutallab Snr's favorite wife. Very little is known about her but it is believed that when Farouk intended to leave the United Arab Emirates for Yemen, a sojourn he said would last seven years, his mother asked him to reconsider that move. He was said to have told his mother to stay away because he had found a new life and was breaking all ties with his family.
It was established by an act of parliament in 1964 and technical support as well as weaponry assembly were carried out by the West German firm of Fritz Werner originally. The mission statement set out for the corporation by the Act, includes the operation, maintenance and control of Ordnance factories for the manufacture, storage and disposal of weapons, and ancillary stores and material intended for or capable of being used by the Armed Forces. On Tuesday, 03 November, 2009 at about 5 pm during close of business for the day an explosion occurred at the said Corporation which hospitalized six workers of the factory. Mutallab also served on the boards of Arewa Textiles Limited, NEPA (Nigeria's Electricity Power Authority), NACB (Nigeria's Agricultural Bank), NCC (Communications Commission), Nigeria Agip Oil, and the Cement Company of Northern Nigeria [CCNN]. He is also Chairman of Impresit Bakolori Plc, Incar Nigeria Plc, Spring Waters Nigeria Limited (SWAN) and Chairman, Business Support Group of the Vision 202020.
He started his working career in 1965 as Management Accountant with Fuller Jenks Beecroft & Co in London. 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 Nigerian National Honour of the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) and the Italian National Honour of Commander of the Order of Merit.
Meanwhile, United States Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has granted access to Nigerian diplomatic officials to meet with Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who attempted to ignite a powder aboard a Delta airline before it landed in Detroit on Friday.
A source at the Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC confirmed the development to the News Agency Nigeria (NAN) in New York on Saturday.
It said: ``We have made contact with the FBI and they have permitted some of our officers to visit the suspect in Detroit.
``Two officials, one from our embassy in Washington DC and the other from the Nigeria consulate in New York are already in Detroit to meet with Abdulmutallab,’’ the source said.
The source added that the purpose of the visit was ``to verify the identity of the suspect and if he is truly a Nigerian citizen.’’
NAN reports that following the alleged attempt to blow up a U.S. passenger plane, security checks have been intensified on all major U.S. airports.