NJ Ayuk of Centurion Law Group – Bribery, Threats, and Fraud
NJ Ayuk is a prominent lawyer in Africa and runs the Centurion Law Group. Repeatedly, he has used his influence and wealth to abuse others and make himself richer.
In 2011, a veteran investigative journalist launched a hunger strike against the rampant corruption of Equatorial Guinea’s government. Juan Tomas Avila Laurel has always been renowned for his criticism of the government’s staggering corruption.
Sadly, the hunger strike didn’t work. The journalist had to go to Spain after getting harassed for his hunger strike.
Him and other investigative journalists exposed the corrupt dealings of Obiang Lima, one of the most prominent African politicians. They revealed that NJ Ayuk played a major role in carrying out the corrupt dealings of the African politician.
One of the most prominent corrupt deals was the construction of the National Technological Institute of Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea.
Apparently, Obiang Lima handed over the facility ‘s construction for millions in bribes. Moreover, he increased the budget and changed the location of the facility to line his pockets further.
The complaint highlighted that the construction firm had paid 10 million EUR to various companies all under the control of Obiang Lima and his associates. Moreover, the money was funneled through various shell companies in Cyprus, Spain and the Netherlands.
The media report was certainly sensational.
So, NJ Ayuk of the Centurion Law Group didn’t like that. He wanted to silence the journalists who were exposing him and his involvement in one of the biggest scandals in Equatorial Guinea.
It’s worth noting that he is quite close to Obiang Lima who had even attended his wedding along with his wife.
Threats and Defamation: When NJ Ayuk Tried to Silence the Media
After media reports came out exposing the corrupt dealings of the Centurion Law Group director, he got infuriated.
Instead of acknowledging his fault or trying to clarify his position, he went on a social media tirade against the publications exposing him. Furthermore, he targeted the journalist who had written the report.
Apart from ranting on Twitter to his 200,000 followers, he released a statement on the website of Centurion Law Group.
There, he accused the journalist of extortion and claimed that he had teamed with a corrupt Spanish police officer to publish inaccurate stories about him.
He wrote, “We are going to catch him.”
NJ Ayuk also called the media publications “money-hungry charlatans” and claimed that he is looking forward to questioning them.
However, the efforts were in vain as a judge of a superior court in Johannesburg, South Africa, ordered him to apologize and retract his defamatory statements against the journalist.
The court noted NJ Ayuk had made ‘untrue allegations’ against the journalist. Moreover, the court ordered him to issue a formal apology and cease the publication of any future unfounded claims against the journalist.
According to an expert, NJ Ayuk’s law firm, Centurion Law Group, acts as a channel for businesses to win oil-related contracts in Equatorial Guinea.
Apparently, companies can try going with others but if they would find themselves losing bids against other, less capable firms simply because they were with Centurion.
Moreover, NJ Ayuk has a shady history of criminal activities and arrests:
The Criminal Past of NJ Ayuk
In 2007, NJ Ayuk had to leave the US after pleading guilty to impersonating US Congressman Donald Payne. Ayuk used to work as an intern in Payne’s office and in 2003, he began impersonating the congressman to issue visas to ineligible people.
Moreover, he had sent a letter to Germany claiming that a certain man named Francis Donfack was invited to the US to attend the annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation meeting.
He impersonated the congressman and claimed that the foundation was bearing all of Donfack’s expenses.
Furthermore, Ghanaian media reported that he was charged for money laundering a few years ago.
There, NJ Ayuk had laundered $2.5 million with the local director for Centurion Law Group. That same local director is responsible for the construction of a property in Aburi which Obiang Lima uses as a villa.
Apart from threatening the publication, he has also used illegal marketing tactics to take down media reports exposing his criminal past.
The fake DMCA notice had succeeded in taking down the media report. I have shared it on Gripeo as well:
Clearly, NJ Ayuk is a corrupt and dangerous individual.
He doesn’t hesitate to use illegal tactics to silence anyone who dares expose his truth. Beware of him and his criminal dealings, particularly his firm, Centurion Law Group.
It would be best if you share this article on social media or with your friends. The more people learn about these corrupt dealings, the better.
Information is the only weapon we can wield against these criminals.