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Alleged kidnapping and control of AFIC’s properties by some individuals

Alleged kidnapping and control of AFIC’s properties by some individuals
Alleged kidnapping and control of AFIC’s properties by some individuals
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The Office of the Registrar of Cooperatives (ORC) reportedly tries since last week to recover the properties being left by Barnabas Tabirupmel and seized by some individuals who claimed they have invested their money in Apma Financial Investment Centre (AFIC).
When Vila Times reported on Monday last week online that some said properties were under the control of some people, an officer form the Office of the Registrar of Cooperatives reacted and said the news was not true. Once the news was confirmed to be true, the ORC had made ways to recover these properties being taken over by a group of angry people who said AFIC owned them big money.
It seems that the founder of AFIC has been forced to leave all these properties while they were still subject to court decision on a case between Barnabas Tabirupmel and the ORC to be brought to court for hearing on the 14th of this month.
It was reported that on 24th October, when Barnabas Tabirupmel was summoned by the Supreme Court of Vanuatu with an urgent interlocutory order, a group of people was waiting for him at Bauerfield airport as he arrived from his home island Pentecost. He was then taken to his home at Etas and the next day, brought to court.
As Vila Times arrived at the Court House near Sainte Jeanne d’Arc School, there were two Hyundai buses with more than ten men certainly waiting for him as he appeared in court at that time. Vila Times witnessed Barnabas Tabirupmel being escorted by the men. The two buses took off with him sitting behind the driver of one of them. A person who has seen that unusual quick action like an arrest may thing it was a kidnapping. How the men handled him at that time was like police officers who made sure their man they suspected of criminal acts must not escape.

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