The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has appointed itself as receiver/manager over all assets of the Integrated Energy Distribution and Marketing Limited, core investor in Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC).
This was confirmed in a public notice, which was published by AMCON across national dailies recently and as noted by Nigerian NewsDirect.
AMCON said it will act through its Nominee, Mr Osayaba Giwa-Osagie SAN, over the entire undertakings, assets, goodwill of Integrated Energy Distribution and Marketing Limited, including their shares and interests in related companies and entities, monies kept in any bank in Nigeria.
AMCON stated, “Take notice that AMCON has pursuant to Section 48 and 61 of AMCON Act 2010 been appointed Receiver/Manager over all the Assets of Integrated Energy Distribution and Marketing Limited as stipulated in the instruments executed in favour of AMCON by virtue of the Loan Purchase and Limited Servicing Agreement executed with Polaris Bank Limited dated 30th November 2018 and a Notice of Appointment of the Receiver/Manager dated August 6th, 2021, which was duly stamped by the Commissioner for Stamp Duties.
“In circumstance, AMCON has appointed itself as the Receiver/Manager and will act through its Nominee, Mr Osayaba Giwa-Osagie SAN, over the entire undertakings, assets, goodwills of Integrated Energy Distribution and Marketing Limited, including their shares and interests in related companies and entities, monies kept in any bank in Nigeria.”
Last June, Justice Daniel Osiaigor of the Federal High Court, Lagos restrained Integrated Energy Distribution and Marketing Company Ltd and Polaris Bank from tampering with funds standing to their credit totalling $6,759,000 (approximately N2.8 billion) or its equivalent in any currency in 25 banks, the Debt Management Office (DMO), and Federal Ministry of Finance.
The Judge, who made the interim order of Mareva Injunction, also held that it would subsist pending the hearing and determination of a motion on notice filed against the firm and Polaris Bank by the United Bank for Africa (UBA).
The interim order followed UBA’s June 29 application filed and argued by its counsel, Temilolu Adamolekun, who appeared with Gbenga Akinde-Peters, supported by an affidavit sworn to by Anike Isinguzo and exhibits attached.
IEDMG is the core investor in IBEDC, following the privatisation of electricity distribution companies by the Federal Government.
The loan was granted by IBEDC from funds released to all DisCos by the CBN under the Nigeria Electricity Market Stabilisation Funds (NEMSF) for the purpose of improving the networks and reducing aggregate technical, commercial and collection losses.
The Commission had earlier fined IBEDC a sum of N50 million on the 18th of September 2017 for non-compliance with Order No. NERC/173/2017, directing the company to fully recover the outstanding sum of N5.7 billion being the balance of the loan granted by the utility to IEDMG.