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OBA OTUDEKO IN N4.1BILLION DEBT …MESSY DETAILS AS COURT ADJOURN CASE TILL DEC 11


A federal high court sitting in Lagos has adjourned till Friday, 11th of December, 2015 to decide either to accede to the request of Ecobank PLC or not, that receiving order should be made against the estate, funds investment, shares or other interest of one of the Nigeria foremost industrialist and billionaire, Dr Oba Otudeko, for alleged his inability to pay a debt of N4,118,552,765.71 (4.1Billion)
    The decision of the court to adjourn till Friday was a fall out of bankruptcy suit file before the court by Ecobank against Dr Oba Otudeko also known as Dr Ayoola Obafunke Otudeko.
      In the Creditor's petition number FHC/L/BK/19/2015 file on behalf of Ecobank Nigeria Ltd. by a Lagos lawyer Kunle Ogunba,it was alleged that Oba otudeko is unable to repay the facilities duly availed, HONEY WELL FLOUR MILLS, SILOAM GLOBAL SERVICES LIMITED, ANCHORAGE LEISURES LIMITED in line with terms and conditions of the said credit facilities and personal guarantee he duly executed,
    There is presently left unsatisfied the sum of #4,118,552,765.71 as at 6th day of August,2015 on the account of guaranteed indebtedness secured by the Debtor which he has refused to pay in spite of numerous demands
   The tenor/repayment plans of the facilities have all lapsed due to the un-ending defaults of the debtor.
      It was further alleged that on the account of and following the failed public offer of shares of Honeywell Flour Mills another huge credit facility was availed to Siloam Global Services limited a sister company to Honeywell Flour Mills Plc to cover underwriting exposures which arose from the said failed public offer of shares.
    The under writer's exposures booked on behalf of Honeywell Flour Mills Plc to Siloam Global Services Limited and guaranteed by Oba Otudeko has also become payable in view of un-ending defaults by him.
     The obligation of Anchorage Leisures Limited was further secured by Oba Otudeko by virtue of the continuing status of his personal guarantee as covenanted in his averment.
     Ecobank Nigeria Limited, further alleged that Dr Oba Otudeko, serving as chairman of the borrowing companies and whose guarantee the various facilities were availed and restructured and at whose instance the various meeting were held for amicable solution refused to heed to all the lawful demands of the bank
        Whereof the bank seeks from the court the following reliefs:
      A receiving order against the estate, funds, shares or other interest of the Debtor, principally in Siloam Global services ltd, Honeywell group limited, Honeywell Flour mills Plc, Anchorage leisures ltd, Honeywell oil and Gas ltd, Uraja Real Estate Limited Broadview Engineering ltd, Uraja Power solution ltd. Honeywell Energy Resources ltd. Hudson Power Ltd. Pivot Engineering ltd and Pavillion Technology limited which interest is held either directly or through the Siloam Global Services limited or in any other company within and outside Nigeria.
     An order commanding Oba Otudeko to immediately avail the bank his statement of. Net worth and other credible financial details requisite and in furtherance of the bankruptcy Act.
     Consequential orders as follows, Empowering the bank to sell his properties be it landed or chattels by private treaty or by public auction
    An order granting leave to the bank to appropriate or otherwise utilize the proceeds in partial or full satisfaction of the debt due
    An order declaring the Debtor bankrupt.
     When the matter was mentioned today,the presiding Judge, Okon Abang said, the matter was initially filed by ex-parte that is the debtor was not put on notice, the court then ordered that the debtor should be put on notice, thereafter the matter was adjourned on three different occasions to enable the debtor to file his response, but the debtor did not file any response, the reliefs sought by the creditor could have been granted today but there is no proof of service in the court's file or any evidence that the debtor has been served despite the fact that the creditor counsel told the court that Oba Otudeko had been served
        Consequently justice Abang adjourned till Friday 11th of December, 2015 for the creditor to show proof of service.

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