By our reporter| Lagos businessman, Jimoh Ibrahim on Tuesday failed in his bid to have the interim order over his properties seized by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) for allegedly owing N69.4 billion as a federal high court in Lagos refused to vacate the order.
Ibrahim, NICON Investment Ltd, and Global Fleet Oil and Gas Ltd, approached the court seeking an order to set aside the order obtained based on “non-disclosure and misrepresentation of material facts”.
They equally asked the court to order AMCON to pay N50 billion indemnity for alleged failure to conduct due diligence before obtaining the said order and for misrepresentation and concealment of facts.
However, Justice Rilwan Aikawa, in a ruling, delivered on Tuesday upheld the submission of AMCON’s lawyer that AMCON made “full and substantial disclosure of all material facts” at the time of obtaining the orders on November 4, 2020. Consequently, the order subsists.
Justice Aikawa made the interim order on November 4, and on November 18, AMCON announced that it had effectively taken over 12 properties belonging to the businessman and his companies.
The properties included the NICON Investment Ltd building Plot 242, Muhammadu Buhari Way, Central Business District, Abuja; NICON Hotels Ltd building at Plot 557, Port-Harcourt Crescent, off Gimbiya Street, Abuja and the building of NICON Lekki Ltd also at No. 5, Customs Street, Lagos.