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Benue publisher seeks reversal of sale of BCC to Dangote

Peter Duru
Frontline politician and Benue State based publisher, Chief John Akpereshi has dragged the Chairman of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote to the Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi seeking the nullification of purported sale of Benue Cement Company BCC to the Dangote Group of Industries by the Federal Government.

Chief Akpereshi is also seeking a declaration by the court that the purported transfer of 433,104,491 units of Rights, which were owned by the Benue State Government at the Benue Cement Company (BBC) Plc to Dangote Industries Limited, is null and void.

In a Suit Number FHC/MKD/CS/16/10, the plaintiff sought the declaration of the court to the effect that the transfer of the Rights which gave Dangote Industries Limited DIL, controlling shares at the Benue Cement Company BCC, Plc was done outside the provisions of the relevant laws.

Chief Akpereshi further alleged that the two former commissioners of the Benue State Government who signed away the shares of the state in BCC to DIL did not do so in the interest of the plaintiff and other tax payers in Benue State .

The Peoples Democratic Party stalwart further sought an order rescinding the said illegal transfer of the said units and reversing same to the status quo ante bellum.

According to the writ filed at the Federal High Court the plaintiff sought, “An order of perpetual injunction restraining all the defendants the honourable court may have found or such defendants as the honourable court may found culpable in the transaction from fraudulently treating the shares the way it was done in this case”.

In a separate statement made available to newsmen, the plaintiff informed that he was out to challenge the alleged fraudulent activit that heralded the acquisition of BCC by Dangote emphasizing that the transfer was “too glaring and indeed insulting to be ignored”.

“We would ensure that justice takes its course and due process be applied otherwise the process and procedures that produced Dangote were wholesomely criminal, fraudulent and near robbery”.

“We would want the court to ascertain and make legal pronouncements if indeed BCC was rightfully acquired otherwise the purported sale be canceled and BCC handed back to the state government and its citizens”

While condemning the role some prominent sons of the state played in the alleged fraudulent sale of BCC, Chief Akpereshi insisted that his action is a battle for restoration and nothing more.

Chief Akpereshi is also seeking a declaration by the court that the purported transfer of 433,104,491 units of Rights, which were owned by the Benue State Government at the Benue Cement Company (BBC) Plc to Dangote Industries Limited, is null and void.

In a Suit Number FHC/MKD/CS/16/10, the plaintiff sought the declaration of the court to the effect that the transfer of the Rights which gave Dangote Industries Limited DIL, controlling shares at the Benue Cement Company BCC, Plc was done outside the provisions of the relevant laws.

Chief Akpereshi further alleged that the two former commissioners of the Benue State Government who signed away the shares of the state in BCC to DIL did not do so in the interest of the plaintiff and other tax payers in Benue State .

The Peoples Democratic Party stalwart further sought an order rescinding the said illegal transfer of the said units and reversing same to the status quo ante bellum.

According to the writ filed at the Federal High Court the plaintiff sought, “An order of perpetual injunction restraining all the defendants the honourable court may have found or such defendants as the honourable court may found culpable in the transaction from fraudulently treating the shares the way it was done in this case”.

In a separate statement made available to newsmen, the plaintiff informed that he was out to challenge the alleged fraudulent activit that heralded the acquisition of BCC by Dangote emphasizing that the transfer was “too glaring and indeed insulting to be ignored”.

“We would ensure that justice takes its course and due process be applied otherwise the process and procedures that produced Dangote were wholesomely criminal, fraudulent and near robbery”.

“We would want the court to ascertain and make legal pronouncements if indeed BCC was rightfully acquired otherwise the purported sale be canceled and BCC handed back to the state government and its citizens”

While condemning the role some prominent sons of the state played in the alleged fraudulent sale of BCC, Chief Akpereshi insisted that his action is a battle for restoration and nothing more.


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