Alex Enumah in Abuja
Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Friday ratified the appointment of a liquidator for Process and Industrial Developments (Nigeria) Limited (P&ID Nigeria), a company registered in Nigeria.
The federal government, acting through the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), had appointed the liquidator to help trace and secure all assets and property of P&ID Nigeria, which the court earlier ordered to be forfeited to the Nigerian government after the firm’s conviction in a September 19, 2019 judgment.
While delivering ruling in an ex-parte application moved by the federal government’s lawyer, Mr Bala Sanga, Justice Ekwo made an order ratifying “the appointment of Messrs Christie Makar of Lexfield Chambers, Abuja, as the liquidator of P&ID Nigeria”.
The judge also held that: “The terms of appointment of the said Messrs Christie Makar shall be as contained in the Deed of Appointment dated December 12, 2019
“An order is hereby made that Process and Industrial Developments (Nigeria) Limited (P&ID Nigeria) is a debtor to the Federal Government of Nigeria upon its assets having been forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria wherever situate or found as at September 19, 2019.
“The complainant/applicant is hereby ordered to file the order convicting and winding up Process and Industrial Developments (Nigeria Limited (P&ID Nigeria) with the CAC (Corporate Affairs Commission) forthwith.
“The complainant/applicant is hereby ordered to file the Deed of Appointment of the liquidator of Process and Industrial Developments (Nigeria) Limited (P&ID Nigeria), dated December 12, 2019 with the CAC forthwith.”
The court, had in the proceedings of Septemeber 19, 2019, convicted Process and Industrial Development Limited and its affiliate in Nigeria, P&ID Nigeria Limited, on an 11-count charge filed by the EFCC over the firms’ unlawful conduct in relation to the controversial Gas Supply Project Agreement (GSPA), over which an arbitration tribunal that sat in London awarded damages estimated at about $9.6 billion against Nigeria.
They were, among others, accused of fraudulently claiming to have acquired land from the Cross River State Government in 2010 for the Gas Supply Project Agreement (GSPA).
The two companies were represented at the arraignment earlier on Thursday by Mohammad Kuchazi, described as Commercial Director, P&ID Ltd, Virgin Island, and Adamu Usman, identified as representative of P&ID Nigeria Limited.
The two men pleaded guilty to the charge. While Usman, who is a lawyer represented himself, Kuchazi was represented by a lawyer, Dandison Akurunwua.
Justice Ekwo, after convicting both firms, ordered among others, that they be wound up and that their property and assets be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The ex-parte motion granted on Friday was part of the efforts to execute the court’s judgment given on September 19, 2019.