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The Fashanu
Report

Critical analysis of George Noah article


While the jury is still out on Minton's involvement in a dubious buy-back scheme, a journalist from  "Nigeria Today Online" has written an article that has all the appearances of a complete hack job.  ARS "critics" have, as usual, accepted it unquestionably, even though it is loaded with unsubstantiated allegations.


In April of 2000 Bob Minton has been accused by John Fashanu, a former football star who has become a successful businessman, of arranging a secret debt buy-back scheme that ran for years and laundering not less than $6 billions of dollars through United State and foreign banks. The accusations have been the subject of long articles published in several newspaper, among which Africa Confidential and the London-based Sunday Times.

On August 27,2000, the "Nigeria Today Online" published a long article in Minton's defense that has all the appearance of an hack job, consisting of loads of allegations devoid of any evidence to substantiate them and parroting Minton's version of events - mostly "it's all a set up of Scientology in order to get me".

Among countless unsubstantiated allegations is to be found:

  • That the setup has been orchestrated by one "David Lee"

  • That David Lee also goes by the name of Robert Clarke and Ron Christopher and his real name is David Lebeau. (This is asserted as a fact, yet, later in the article, the author admits that at least one of these links is a supposition: "There is reason to believe that Ron Christopher is a pseudonym for David Lee.")

  • That David Lee is a private investigator who has worked for "the Scientology"

  • That Fashanu is on Lee's payroll

  • That Chief Rilwanu Lukman is also a Scientologist

  • That Fashanu has "cerebral deficiencies"

  • That Lee controls Fashanu through blackmail

  • That Fashanu has tried to extort money from the Abachas

  • That the Fashanu report is the outcome of a break in

  • That the base of operations of Lee has been in Scientology-owned offices

  • That Lee was in charge of a surveillance team that was set up under the control of Scientology intelligence officer Ben Shaw

  • That Lee had the Youngs' dog kidnapped and beaten but the dog was able to escape

  • That Lee was the case officer for a deep undercover agent

  • That Lee was the person who deposed the dead cat on Minton's doorstep

Etc, etc, etc...

The article also makes great effort to try to innocent Bob Minton in the transaction, always without providing any shred of evidence:

  • "It is believed the government is reconsidering its move"

  • "Independent lawyers have counselled that Minton has no case to answer"

  • "One source said several lawyers had rummaged through the ''Fashanu Report'' and thought the country could end up with eggs on its face if the case was taken any further."

  • "Another inside source said the government was advised that the ''Fashanu Report'' did not prove Minton had committed any offence"

  • "They also proffered the following advise; that the Nigerian Senate had claimed in its report that the debt buy back deal in question was transparently executed and that the companies Lee and his group claimed was owned by Minton in defrauding Nigeria was actually owned 100 per cent by the Central Bank of Nigeria; that Minton's debt buy back scheme had saved Nigeria about $5 billion;and that Nigeria had demonstrated financial engineering in reducing its debt at the expense of the nation's creditors."

  • "The ''Fashanu Report'' is about 150 pages thick. On the face of it, it looks impressive but the document on its own does not prove any criminal act perpetrated by Minton."

On top of the content strickly following the Minton's line and having a clear agenda in trying to disculp him and place all the blame on the CoS, the real source of this article transpires through certain expression and concepts that are typical of those used by Minton's entourage:

  • "The private investigator/cum Scientology agent"

  • "David Lee's team targeted these animals for destruction"

  • "CAN was sued out of existence by Scientology in 1997."

  • "Lee's campaign against Minton has been the most pervasive anyone familiar with Scientology's methods has ever seen."

More proficient English speakers than Yours Truly have also pointed out how the article seems to have been written by at least two persons, as the style changes significantly in the middle, from the paragraph that starts with "In 1998, Lee and his agents broke into the London West End offices of Minton's business partner". The sentences structures are more complex, grammar errors are gone, and idiomatic expression typical of a native English speaker are used, which wasn't the case in the first part.

All in all, such an article, were it to be written as part of a Scientology-owned Freedom magazine, would have been dismissed as unsubstantiated dead agenting by critics. In this case, however, messages of unquestioned acceptance, outrages at Scientology and certitude that the CoS has been exposed once more are typical of the follow ups that have been made to date.



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