Suru Ventures Seeks Intervention on AMCON’s Persistent Harassments

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Mary Nnah

The Company Secretary, Suru Worldwide Ventures Nigeria Limited, Mrs. Anomneze Peace Obianuju has called for urgent intervention by relevant authorities to stop the persistent harassments that her company has suffered from Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) in the recent times.

Speaking during a press conference in Lagos Monday, Obianuju lamented that most devastating was when on June 8th, 2018, AMCON again reinforced and brought more mobile police men from Mopol 20 and dislodged security men at their duty post and also brought their security guards to mount the gate to the company’s property.

She recalled that “AMCON in The Suit No. FHC/L/CS/1059/16 got a Judgment dated 30/5/2017, against the IGP and Civil Defence Corps without the knowledge of our company. This judgment was kept away from our company until our company’s properties affected by the order were stormed in Commando style by AMCON.”

She noted further that AMCON did the when it mobilised armed mobile Policemen to the Best Western Hotel, switched off the Hotel Generator, teargassed the workers and the lodgers and brought the company’s business to an abrupt halt.

Speaking father, Obianuju noted that “In the above suit, to which our client was deliberately not made a party, AMCON prayed the Court to allow it take possession of our company’s properties at No. 12 Allen Avenue Ikeja, Lagos The Best Western Hotel), 86 Opebi Road, Ikeja, Lagos, and No 12, Rev. Ogunbiyi Street, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos as according to it, the properties are securities of alleged debt.

“AMCON chose to make the Inspector General of Police; the Commandant-General of the Corps, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and Lagos State Commandant of the Corps, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence the only parties to this suit conveniently leaving out the alleged debtor! As expected, those Defendants on Record, who had nothing to defend nor at stake, did not appear in court to defend the Suit. The case was therefore decided as an Undefended Suit,” the layer noted further.

She revealed further that the Suru Worldwide Venture had filed an appeal against the above Judgment in CA/L/1257M/17 and AMCON through their Lawyer (Joseph Nwobike & Co) also filed their reply and the application was heard on the 4th day of May, 2018 and same reserved for ruling, adding, “worthy of note is that AMCON was represented at the court of Appeal same day during the hearing.”

She said however that despite the fact that the ruling before court of Appeal is still pending, AMCON stormed the company’s property located at 12, Rev. Ogunbiyi Street, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, with troops of mobile policemen on May 25, 2018 to levy execution on the said property without courts bailiffs which said matter was reported at Area F Police Station Ikeja for breach of peace and contempt of court.

“In spite of AMCON being aware that our client’s application praying the court for orders staying the continuing and or further execution of the said judgment, it has continued to levy execution on our remaining properties obviously with a view to confronting the court with a fait accompli,” she added. Suru Ventures she said considers the action taken by AMCON as contempt of the court despite the pendency of the ruling before the court of Appeal adding, “We are particularly dissatisfied with the firm of Joseph Nwobike & Co who led the troops of Policemen on the May 25, 2018, being officers in the temple of justice that ought to respect and uphold the tenets of law rather than disrespect the court.