NSE suspends Cadbury - Over N5bn record falsification
Category: Frauds & Scandals
July 18, 2008/Tribune
The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), on Thursday, placed full suspension on the shares of Cadbury Nigeria Plc, following the decision of the Investment and Securities Tribunal (IST) upholding the indictment of the company by the Securities and Exchange Commission over financial misstatement.
The amount involved in the account misstatement was put at N5 billion. Announcing NSEÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€ Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã‚Â¡ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã‚Â¾ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢s decision on the issue, the deputy director general, Mr. Musa Lance Elakama, disclosed that the ruling of the IST was binding on the exchange since it was a court of competent jurisdiction on investment matters.
It will be recalled that the NSE declined earlier in the year an order from SEC directing it to suspend trading on Cadbury shares wherein it stated that the directives was not backed by law.
SEC had indicted and banned Mr. Bunmi Oni and Ayo Akadiri from occupying position of as director in any quoted company on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) as a result of their involvement in the mis-statement of the financial account of Cadbury Nigeria Plc.
The commission also declared that the companyÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€ Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã‚Â¡ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã‚Â¾ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢s directors - Messrs Uduimo Itsueli, Bunmi Oni, Ayo Akadiri, J.S.T Bogunjoko, Abiodun Jaji, Andrew Baker, Christopher Okeke, Olatunde Falase, Raymond Ihyembe, Gabriel Onabote, Olusegun Oyewole, Matthew Shattock, Olusegun Aina, Akinbode Gbolahan and Tunde Egbeyemi- had been referred to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for further investigation and prosecution.