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The Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO), yesterday urged Justice Binta Mohammed of the High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, to strike out a motion filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, seeking to compel Muhammadu Buhari to pay him damages amounting to the sum of N200 billion.

Atiku’s demands are contained in his counter-claim in reaction to a N40 million libel filed by the Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO) against him over an allegation that he defamed Buhari and his family.

The BCO argued before the court that Atiku’s counter-claim in which he challenged President Buhari’s capacity and performance in as president can only be sustained in a separate suit.

In opposition to Atiku’s counter claim, the BCO contended that Atiku cannot be heard in the instant suit it filed.

Rather, the BCO urged the former vice president to provide proof of evidence that President Buhari and members of his family own substantial shares in 9 and Keystone Bank.

Counsel to BCO, Barrister Abdulrazaq Ahmed, said rather than leaving the substance to tackle the trash with a motion seeking to address an entirely different matter from the substantive suit, Atiku must provide documentary evidence and proof of evidence to substantiate claims that President Buhari and his family acquired substantial shares in 9mobile and Keystone Bank with total assets of $1.916 billion (equivalent to N307.5 billion) as well as purchasing about N3 billion worth of shares in the new Pakistani Islamic Bank.

“The defendant/counter-claimers claims against the 1st plaintiff (Buhari) based or on the question of the 1st plaintiff’s capacity and or performance in the office as Executive President of the Federal Republic of can only be sustained in a separate suit or proceeding filed by the defendant against the 1st plaintiff.

In his 18-paragraph statement of defence, Atiku had complained of the suit filed by BCO not properly constituted, insisting that what he said was in no way defamatory against Buhari since it was a matter of public interest.

Counsel to the PDP presidential candidate said, “The defendants (Atiku and Phrank Shaibu) aver that the defamatory statements are impartial observations, opinions and criticism on a matter of public interest.

‘’The defendants aver that a matter of public interest on which everyone is entitled to make a fair comment on cannot be said to be defamatory”.

The court has adjourned till April 8, for hearing in the suit filed by the BCO against Atiku for defaming President Buhari and his family.

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Muhammadu Buhari on Friday hosted members of the Business Community and officials of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to Iftar (Ramadan breaking of fast) at the State House, Abuja.

The News Agency of (NAN) reports that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha and the Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari were among the government functionaries at the fast-breaking event.

Members of the business community in attendance of the fast-breaking meal included Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola, Tony Elemelu, Alhaji Isiaka Rabiu and Chief Emeka Offor.

Others were the Chairman of the Sahara Group, Kola Adesina and the Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Najeem Yasin.

The National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiohmole, immediate past national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie Oyegun; the party’s National Vice Chairman, North West, Inuwa Abdulkadir and other party officials also joined the president to share the fast-breaking meal.

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Last Thursday’s listing of MTN shares on the Premium Board of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has made it possible to identify the shareholders of the telecoms firm.

Many Nigerians believed the Nigerian government owned part of the South African firm through an unspecified equity holding by the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).
But a review of the listing memorandum filed by MTN Nigeria in support of its application for the enlistment of its shares on the NSE revealed the profiles of the shareholders of the company.
The list did not include either the Nigerian government or the NSIA. PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the NSIA investment “is very small” and could not have been listed among those of the big players.
The document dated May 15, 2018, showed 11 owners of MTN Nigeria. They own the entire 20,354,513,050 Ordinary Shares of the company valued at about N407.1 billion as at the time MTN applied to be listed.
They include the majority shareholder, MTN International (Mauritius) Limited, which has the controlling 76.08 per cent equity, or 15,485,544,050 shares valued at about N309.71 billion, and Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Limited with 9.77 per cent stake or 1,988,269,050 shares valued at about N39.77 billion.
Also included are six Nigerians, who are non-executive directors of the board. Each represents various foreign interests in the company.
Victor Odili, a Nigerian, and Chairman of Aeromaritime Group of companies, a group specialising in the maritime and oil and gas sectors of Nigeria’s economy, is a member of the board. He holds 806,886,900 shares, or 3.96 per cent interest, valued at about N16.14 billion indirectly on behalf of Hermitage Overseas Corporation.
Also, Pascal Dozie, a Nigerian and founder of the defunct Diamond Bank PLC, is the Chairman of the Board of Directors. He holds 340,409,900 shares, or 1.67 per cent equity valued at N6.67 billion, indirectly, on behalf of Celtelecom Investment Limited, NISPVLimited.

 

 

Another Nigerian, Sani Mohammed Bello, a co-founder of AMNI Petroleum, an indigenous oil and gas exploration companies, is the vice chairman of the board. He holds 265,092,150 shares (1.30 per cent equity) estimated at about N5.3 billion indirectly on behalf of One Africa Investment Limited.
Babatunde Folawiyo, a Nigerian and Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Yinka Folawiyo Group, holds 218,815,100 shares, or 1.07 per cent equity, valued at N4.01 billion on behalf of Universal Communications NISPV Limited.
Similarly, Gbenga Oyebode, a Nigerian and founding partner of Aluko & Oyebode law firm, represents the interest of N-Cell NISPV Limited. He holds 181,776,250 shares, or 0.89 per cent equity, valued at N3.27 billion.
Ahmed Dasuki, a Nigerian and founder of Quaditect Consultants, represents NISPV Limited/ SASPV Limited, which controls 177,717,850 shares, or 0.75 per cent equity valued at about N2.89 billion.
Government Employees Pension Fund (Represented by Public Investment Corporation SOC Limited) were also listed as owners with 355,281,650 shares (1.75 per cent equity) valued at about N7.11 billion.
Also, Telephone Network N.I.C.B.V holds 559,720,150 shares, or 2.75 per cent, valued at about N11.19 billion.
Robert Shuter, Ralph Mupita, Jens Schulte-Bockum, Ferdinand Moolman, Paul Norman and Karl Olutokun Toriola serve as representatives of MTN Group on the Board of Directors of the company.
With the listing of the company’s shares on the NSE, MTN Nigeria becomes the first privately owned telecoms company in Nigeria to attain that status.
The listing of the company on the premium board of the NSE on April 18, , resulted in the change of the company from a private company to a publicly quoted telecoms company on the NSE.
MTN Nigeria, a subsidiary of MTN International (Mauritius) Limited, was incorporated in the Republic of Mauritius, with its ultimate holding company, MTN Group.
The company was incorporated on November 8, 2000. But, it did not commence operations until 2001. Since then, the company has remained in operations for almost 18 years in Nigeria.
MTN Nigeria is reputed to be Nigeria’s largest telecoms operators, with about 67 million subscribers, controlling about 39 per cent mobile market share.

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