SEC Begins Verification of Dantata Investors

The Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) building is pictured in Abuja, Nigeria January 23, 2018. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja

The Securities and Exchange Commission has started verifying  the claims of no fewer than 4,160 unpaid investors of an illegal investment scheme organised by Dantata Success and Profitable Company.

SEC said the verification exercise commenced on July 15 and is expected to end on Saturday July 20, 2019.

In a statement issued by its Head, Public Affairs, Efe Ebelo, the Commission said investors were required to go along with the original receipts indicating their payments or bank tellers for deposit into the company’s account, valid means of identification and bank account details.

It said the commencement of the verification exercise was sequel to the appointment of joint administrators/trustees for Dantata Success and Profitable Company and pursuant to Section 13 and 173 of the Investment and Securities Act, and consequent upon  an ex parte order granted by the Federal High Court, Kano.

“A total of 478 investors were scheduled for Monday, 780 for Tuesday, 1,272 for Wednesday and Thursday, and 1,630 for Friday and Saturday.

“The verification exercise will hold in Kano from 9:00am to 4:00pm daily. All unpaid investors are necessarily advised to attend in person as attendance by proxy is not acceptable,” it added.

SEC had in February sealed off the premises of Dantata Success and Profitable Company in Kano for engaging in illegal capital market activities, saying its investment operations fell within fund management without registration with the commission

It said the company was not registered and that it was using a strategy to solicit funds from unsuspecting members of the public by enticing them with returns of monthly interest on investment of between 25 to 50 per cent, depending on the nature and type of the investment.

The company sold forms to prospective investors according to their investment plans ranging from N1,000 to N3,000, with the minimum amount investable being N50,000 and a maximum amount of N5m.

SEC had first indicated its plans to commence a verification exercise for people who invested with the company in May.