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AMCON have not vacated our premises yet – Capital Oil

By on December 18, 2012

Almost a week after an Abuja High Court vacated the order it had earlier made in November, granting the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), immediate possession of property belonging to Capital Oil and Gas, the former has disobeyed the order, choosing instead to hold tighter to the property of the company.

In a release made by the oil giant’s Spokesperson, Mr. Nick Hayes yesterday in Abuja, he said the policemen deployed at the instance of AMCON to take over the premises of Capital Oil and Gas, have refused to allow staff of the company access into the premises. Hayes said though the court order was obviously pasted on the gates of the massive premises, the policemen there claimed that they had not been de-briefed by AMCON.

They simply told inquisitive staff members who were eager to go into the depot and resume work that: “Somebody sent us here and that person is the one that can ask us to leave this place.” Hayes said this latest action of AMCON was a clear indication that the masked people bent on taking over Capital Oil and Gas Industries Ltd., were still at work, doing every thing they could to perfect their plans -court order, or no court order.

He further noted: “It is paradoxical that the same AMCON that did not waste time in taking over the premises and property of Capital Oil and Gas when it got an order to do so is now foot-dragging as the same court has vacated the initial order.”

On the statement credited to the Managing Director of AMCON, Mr. Chike Obi, that AMCON had appealed the order given by Justice Abdu Kafarati as probably the reason for their disobedience of the court order, Hayes argued that AMCON should first obey the subsisting order, vacate the premises as well as hands-off the property of the company and then, pursue the matter in court.

He insists that anything to the contrary remained a clear case of irresponsibility on the side of AMCON’S management as well as an indication that AMCON was running a hidden agenda for some highly placed people. He recalled the comments made by Justice Kafarati in his ruling: “AMCON should allow the business to go on while the company negotiates how to pay the debt.

To stop the company from operating might have adverse effects on the economy of the country.” Hayes concluded: “Federal Government has continued to promise Nigerians that they will have enough fuel to travel to their various destinations for the yuletide celebration.

The same authorities should call AMCON to order, so that their promises to the masses of Nigerians will not become unfulfilled.” Efforts to reach the Managing Director of AMCON, Obi on his MTN cell phone drew blank.





Source: Daily Sun