Tribunal Orders FCMB To Pay N989m decade old Debt

The Investments and Securities Tribunal, Abuja, on Wednesday ordered First City Monument Bank Plc (FCMB) to pay N988.5 million to a stock broking firm after a decade long dispute.

Valueline Securities and Investments Ltd, who brought the bank before the tribunal, said the debt was from shares purchase fund allegedly misappropriated in 2008 by the defunct FinBank Plc with which FCMB merged in 2012.

The claimant joined the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as respondents in the suit.

The matter had been handled by the SEC, CBN and the Federal High Court over ten years without success.

The Chairman of the Tribunal, Siaka Idoko-Akoh, while delivering the judgment, said the Tribunal found FCMB liable and ordered the bank to pay the claimant an outstanding debt of N988.5 million.

Other members of the Tribunal that heard the case were: Jude Udunni, Mamman Zargana, Edward Ajayi, Emeka Madubuike and Albert Otesile.

Mr Idoko-Akoh also ordered the bank to pay accrued interest calculated at 18 per cent as earlier directed by SEC.

He also ordered the bank to pay a penalty of N500,000 to the claimant as cost of the legal action and a further 10 per cent interest as judgment debt.

The Tribunal said the mandate for FCMB to liquidate the debt was subsisting and also nullified the decision of SEC and CBN to vary the payment computation formula.

It clarified that the payment of 18 per cent interest was from August 22, 2013 until the date of judgment, and thereafter at 10 per cent post judgment until the final liquidation of the debt


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