GTBank cries foul as Innoson seals 7 bank branches, vows to take over Head Office next week

Posted by News Express | 30 March 2019 | 3,655 times

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Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited has announced the sealing of seven branches of Guaranty Trust Bank, GTB to recover its N8.8 billion. This is even as the bank cried foul, saying that the court order based on which Innoson is acting does not authorise it to take over the bank but, rather, the account of the Nigerian Customs and Excise Board domiciled with the bank.

The spokesperson for Innoson Motors, Cornell Osigwe, who spoke in Nnewi, Anambra State, on Saturday, said the company had sealed seven of GTB bank branches: one in Nnewi, two in Onitsha, two in Awka and two in neighbouring Enugu State. He disclosed that the company would move to seal the GTB Head Office in Lagos next week.

According to him, Innoson will seal more of GTB bank branches nationwide to recover the N8.8 billion owed the motor company.

“We will seal more of their properties to recover our money and from next week, we shall move to GTB head office to enforce the judgement of courts. We will sell those properties to get our money back,” he said.

Innoson had said in a statement on Friday that it has obtained a court order to take control of GTBank over indebtedness of N8.8 billion.

However, GTB bank has refuted the claim, saying that the judgment was against the account of the Nigerian Customs and Excise Board domiciled with GTBank, and not against GTBank as an entity.

Cornel Osigwe had in a statement said the company has obtained a writ of Fi Fa from the Federal High Court sitting in Awka, Anambra State, against Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) to take over the bank’s properties.

According to him, the judgement was to implement the judgment given by Supreme of Nigeria earlier.

He said in the statement, that the judgement given by the Federal High Court, Ibadan was upheld by the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

According to Osigwe, Innoson Chairman, Innocent Chukwuma, has been mandated by federal high court sitting in Awka, Anambra state to “take over” the bank after the Supreme Court dismissed GTB’s appeal against the judgement of the appeal court in Ibadan.

The statement reads in part: “The Chairman of Innoson Group, Chief Dr. Innocent Chukwuma, OFR hast through a Writ of Fi Fa taken over Guaranty Trust Bank PLC for and on behalf of Innoson Nigeria Ltd as a result of the bank’s indebtedness to Innoson Nigeria Ltd.”

The statement further added: “In a landmark decision on February 27th 2019, the Supreme Court of Nigeria had dismissed GTB’s appeal in a suit number SC.694/2014 — against the judgment of court of Appeal, Ibadan Division.

“The Court of Appeal, Ibadan division had in its decision of 6th February 2014 dismissed GTB’s appeal against the Federal High Court, Ibadan Division.

“Thus, the Court of Appeal affirmed the judgment of the Federal High Court, Ibadan Division which ordered GTB by way of Garnishee order absolute to pay N2.4 billion to Innoson with a 22 percent interest per annum, on the judgments until the final liquidation of the debt.

Rather than obey the judgment of the Court of Appeal, GTB approached the Supreme Court to challenge the Court of Appeal’s decision.”

The company also said that in a ruling delivered by Supreme Court, Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour dismissed GTB’s appeal and affirmed the concurrent judgment of both the Court of Appeal and the Federal High Court, Ibadan Division.

According to the ruling, court had, ordered GTB by to pay N2.4 billion to Innoson with a 22 percent interest, per annum, on the judgment until the final liquidation of the judgment.

“The Judgment debt of N2.4bn has accrued an interest of about N6,717,909,849.96 today, which results to about N8.8 billion,”

“Based on the Supreme Court’s decision of 27th February 2019 the counsel to Innoson, Prof McCarthy Mbadugha ESQ, approached the Federal High Court Awka Division for leave to enforce the judgment having obtained certificates of Judgment from the Ibadan Division of the Federal High court,” it said.

•Largely based on a Daily Trust report.


Source: News Express

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