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Publisher sues Dangote over sale of BCC

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By Peter Duru

MAKURDI — A   publisher in Benue State, 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.

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 Plc to Dangote Industries Limited, is null and void.

In his suit, the plaintiff is seeking 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.

Akpereshi further averred 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 People’s Democratic Party, PDP, stalwart further sought an order reversing the alleged 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 have 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 said he was out to challenge the alleged fraudulent activities that heralded the acquisition of BCC by Dangote.

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