AMCON takes over firm
Justice Saliu Saidu of the Federal High Court Lagos Division has granted an injunction against Osigwe Foods and Agro Industrial Company Limited, owned by Chief Anselm Kayode Mohammed, on the application of Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).
The obligor owes AMCON nearly N5billion. AMCON had purchased the huge debt during the first, second, and third phases of purchase of Eligible Bank Assets (EBAs) from Union Bank, Unity Bank, EcoBank and the defunct FinBank respectively.
The order also affects Chief Anselm Kayode Mohammed’s massive private residence with tenants on No. 17, Sowemimo Street, Ikeja GRA, Lagos State.
AMCON has since appointed Chief Robert Ohuoba, as Receiver, over the business of Osigwe Foods and Agro Industrial Company Limited, located at Iju Gudugba Village, along Agege Iju Water Works Road, Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area of Lagos State.
The enforcement took place at about 2.30pm on Tuesday February 20, 2018. The Receiver has taken effective possession of Chief Anselm Kayode Mohammed’s residence and Osigwe Foods and Agro Industrial åCompany Limited respectively.
Justice Saidu in the order also sanctioned the appointment of Chief Robert Ohuoba as Receiver over the business and stock in trade and over all the fixed and floating assets of Osigwe Foods and Agro Industrial Company Limited wherever they may be found within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court.
He also granted AMCON through the Receiver, the possession of all the properties, moveable and immovable comprising of buildings, fixtures, vehicles, and any other chattels howsoever described belonging to the defendants – Osigwe Foods and Agro Industrial Company Limited, and Chief Anselm Kayode Mohammed.
The court therefore directed the Inspector-General of Police, and the Commissioners of police of all the state of the Federation to assist the court Bailiff enforce the orders of the court pursuant to section 4 of the Police Act and 287(3) of the Constitution of the Federal republic of Nigeria 1999 (As Amended).
They are also to arrest and bring before the Federal High Court, any person who disturbs the execution of the order or the AMCON Receiver in the performance of his duties.
AMCON under its Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Ahmed Kuru, has continually maintained that it would continue to engage top debtors of the Corporation because some 400 obligors of AMCON account for more than N4.5trillion.
The sum is approximately 80 per cent of the total outstanding loan balance of the Corporation’s over 12,000 accounts with obligors that have become recalcitrant over time despite the obvious efforts of the Corporation to resolve the issues amicably.
To deal with the situation however, the Kuru-led AMCON has just as it did last year, increased the tempo of its recovery activities in 2018. It is equally adopting the use of firmer negotiation strategies as well as utilising the special enforcement powers vested by the AMCON Act, to compel some of its headstrong debtors especially those that are politically exposed and business heavyweights to repay their debts.
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