Popular auto dealer and socialite, Lanre Shittu is dead. Shittu who was until his death, the chairman of Lanre Shittu Motors reportedly died on Mon
Popular auto dealer and socialite, Lanre Shittu is dead.
Shittu who was until his death, the chairman of Lanre Shittu Motors reportedly died on Monday morning at the age of 65.
Details of his death however remains sketchy.
Sadly, death came calling just when he was about to expand the phase 2 of his local automobile assembling plant located in Abuja after receiving a boost from the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.
His company was among the 28 recipients of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN’s first cycle of the 100 for 100 policy on production and productivity (PPP).
Shittu is the number one dealer for Mack trucks in Africa and the sole franchisee for Mack in Nigeria. He is also the only dealer for Sany Heavy Duty Equipment and Yutong Buses in Nigeria as well as an accredited dealer of KIA, NISSAN, Jinbei Buses and many more.
He is also Nigeria’s leading supplier of genuine spare parts to automobile dealers in Nigeria.
Despite his successes, Lanre has had a few brushes with the law. He has also been plagued by scandals.
In November 2000, Lanre was abducted by operatives alleged to be from the US Drug Enforcement Agency, who allegedly collaborated with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency to whisk him away. He was arraigned before a US court for alleged money laundering.
Following his abduction, his wife and children were forced to flee their then Surulere, Lagos residence. Apparently, there was a pending civil suit at the Federal High Court, Abuja over a move by the Federal Government, led by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, to have him extradited to America to answer to the alleged money laundering charge.