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Sun Newspaper Distances Self From Legal Battle Between EFCC And Orji Kalu

 

The administration of the Sun newspaper has condemned the actions of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), who on Saturday marked the publication’s company headquarters in Lagos linked to former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu.

The EFCC stated the marking was to make sure that the properties weren’t dissipated, following the December 5, 2019 order of Justice Muhammed Idris sitting on the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, that Kalu’s firm, Slok Nigeria Limited, be wound up and all belongings forfeited to the Federal Government.

RELATED: EFCC Marks Orji Kalu’s Properties For Seizure

The newspaper, in an announcement, distanced itself from the authorized battle between Mr. Kalu and the EFCC, stressing {that a} Notice of Appeal and Motion for Stay of Execution had been duly served on EFCC by the bailiffs of the court docket.

Read the total assertion beneath:

“PRESS STATEMENT

EFCC VISIT TO THE SUN OFFICE WITH ARMED POLICEMEN: OUR STAND

Three officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with four heavily armed policemen on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at about 10.00 am, arrived the corporate headquarters of The Sun Publishing Limited at 2, Coscharis Street, Kirikiri Industrial Layout, Apapa, Lagos and put up a notice for staff and the general public to keep off the premises. The EFCC officials, who   came in a white Toyota bus with registration number, ABUJA BWR-644GA, wrote on The Sun’s fence, “EFCC, keep off.”  They additionally suggested our workers to gather their private belongings from the workplace as they’ll come again to seal the premises fully.

We don’t perceive the authorized foundation for this EFCC motion. It is on file that there’s a pending attraction on the Supreme Court with Suit No: SC/546/2018 whereby The Sun Publishing Limited appealed towards the Judgement delivered by the Court of Appeal on the interim forfeiture order made towards it by a Federal High Court in 2007 primarily based on ex parte continuing. The Notice of Appeal and Motion for Stay of Execution had been duly served on EFCC by the bailiffs of the Court.

It can also be pertinent to state that EFCC vide a letter written by Counsel to The Sun Publishing Limited, dated twenty second May 2018 and duly acquired by one Caleb Peter on behalf of Rotimi Jacobs & Co. was additional placed on discover of the pending attraction on the Supreme Court and suggested to remain motion within the matter pending the listening to of the Motion for Stay of execution and the attraction.

Again,  it’s instructive to state that The Sun Publishing Limited was not a celebration to the case of EFCC vs. Orji Uzor Kalu & 2 Others, so we don’t see why the Judgment, in that case, ought to result in try and seal The Sun Publishing Limited premises.

Furthermore, we’re conscious that each Senator Orji Uzor Kalu and Slok Nig Limited have since appealed the Judgment delivered by Justice Mohammed Idris and a listening to date given.

We want to reiterate that The Sun Publishing Limited is an ongoing company restricted legal responsibility firm and its shares are owned by numerous people distinct from Senator Orji Uzor Kalu. Therefore, the latest Judgment towards Senator Orji Uzor Kalu shouldn’t be used to disturb the operations of the corporate and the proprietary rights of its harmless shareholders till the issues are allotted with on the Supreme Court.

In view of the foregoing, we name and attraction to the Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice to urgently intervene and advise EFCC appropriately on the authorized penalties of its actions.

Management,

The Sun Publishing Limited

December 14, 2019″

 

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