The palatial mansion of former Governor of Kwara State Abdulfatah Ahmed located at Abdulfatah Street, Government Reservation Area (GRA), Ilorin, the state capital has been taken over by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), over an alleged staggering indebtedness of nearly ₦5 billion.
Penpushing reports that the corporation made this known on Wednesday in a statement, explaining that the action followed the order of Justice A.M. Liman of the Federal High Court, Lagos Division.
“Hon. Liman also ordered the freezing of the Bank Accounts of the former governor and his two companies including Trans Properties and Investment Limited and Trans It Consulting Limited in Suit No: FHC/L/AMC/01/2021,” the statement said.
“The former governor who is one of the founders of the newly established third force in Nigerian politics known as the Rescue Nigeria Project (RNP) is one of the high-profile obligors of AMCON. Despite holding one of the highly exalted political offices in the land, he remained recalcitrant over the repayment of his obligation”
Penpushing further reports that Head, Corporate Communications Department of the corporation, Jude Nwauzor, said the enforcement was successful, adding that in compliance with the court order, the corporation through the Law firm of Robert Ohuoba of Robert Ohuoba and Co, one of the leading Asset Management Partners (AMPs) of the corporation who also received protective orders from the court, took possession of the mansion belonging to the former governor.
“AMCON had taken over the Non-Performing Loans of the former governor and his companies, Trans Properties and Investment Limited and Trans It Consulting Limited, from the former Intercontinental Bank, FinBank and Bank PHB during the first phase of EBA purchases, in line with its mandate under the AMCON Act’, Nwauzor added.
“All efforts to peacefully resolve the loan had been frustrated by the former Governor who remained recalcitrant, which left AMCON no other choice than to seek justice in court. AMCON had to commence asset tracing through its appointed law firm of Robert Ohuoba & Co. on Abdulfatah Ahmed,
‘An exercise, which further revealed nine (9) properties of the obligor situate in Kwara, Lagos State and the Federal Capital territory (FCT), Abuja, which the Corporation has plans to enforce upon’, the statement added.
“This action is in line with Section 49 (1) of the AMCON Act 2019 (As Amended), which states that: 49 (1) Where the Corporation has reasonable cause to believe that a debtor or debtor company is the bona fide owner of any movable or immovable property, it may apply to the Court, before or at the time of filing of action for debt recovery or other like action or at any time after the filing of action’
‘And before or after the service of the originating process by which such action is commenced on the debtor or debtor company, by motion ex-parte for an interlocutory order granting possession of the property to the Corporation pending the hearing and determination of the debt recovery or other action to abide the decision in such action.”
Penpushing reports that, the management added that other assets of the former governor, which the court granted the possession over include: No 13, Alhaji Masha Road, Surulere; No. 9 Wharf, Apapa, Lagos; Plot 3632, Cadastral Zone E27 of Apo, Abuja; Plot 4115, Cadastral Zone F14 of Bazango, Abuja; Plot 8502, Cadastral Zone E31 of Carraway Dallas, Abuja; Plot 494, Cadastral Zone E31 of Carraway Dallas, Abuja; Plot 719, Cadastral Zone E23 of Kyami, Abuja; and any other landed property in any place that may be found within the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
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