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July 30 , 2008
 

<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(153, 153, 153);"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-family: Verdana;"><em>July 30 , 2008 </em></span></span></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;" margin:="" text-align:=""><span style="font-family: Verdana;"><span lang="EN-GB">Meristem Registrars Limited, Registrars to the Nigerian Bags Manufacturing Company Plc, (Bagco) had credited the Central Securities Clearing System Limited (CSCS) accounts of about half of 700,000 investors that took part in&nbsp; the Bagco 2007 Initial Public Offer (IPO).</span></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;" margin:="" text-align:=""><span style="font-family: Verdana;"><span lang="EN-GB">Bunmi Oguntoye Registrar/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Meristem Registrars confirmed this to Proshare NI today in <!--?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = \"urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags\" /--></span></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;" margin:="" text-align:=""><span style="font-family: Verdana;"><span lang="EN-GB">This is coming on the heels of enquiries from investors as regards the non-receipt of share certificates/return money of the Bagco 2007 IPO.</span></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;" margin:="" text-align:=""><span style="font-family: Verdana;"><span lang="EN-GB">However, as at the time of filling in this report, Proshare NI could not confirm this story from CSCS.</span></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;" margin:="" text-align:=""><span style="font-family: Verdana;"><span lang="EN-GB">Oguntoye confirmed to Proshare NI that Meristem Registrars had sent all share certificates and return money out to investors.</span></span></p>
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<div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;" margin:="" text-align:=""><span style="font-family: Verdana;"><span lang="EN-GB">Prior to this time, Oguntoye had earlier confirmed to Proshare NI, that about 400,000 investors are to get the e-certificate for the 2007 Bagco IPO.</span></span></div>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;" margin:="" mso-margin-top-alt:=""><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Verdana;"><span lang="EN-GB">He confirmed to Proshare NI that out of these number, about 300,000 has been sent to the CSCS for verification and confirmation for investors to get their e-certificate.<br />
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;" margin:="" mso-margin-top-alt:=""><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Verdana;"><span lang="EN-GB">Though the CSCS had before this time, confirmed to Proshare NI that they have done for only 100,000 investors.<br />
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;" margin:="" text-align:=""><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Verdana;"><span lang="EN-GB">&Atilde;&fnof;&AElig;&rsquo;&Atilde;&dagger;&acirc;&euro;&trade;&Atilde;&fnof;&acirc;&euro; &Atilde;&cent;&acirc;&sbquo;&not;&acirc;&bdquo;&cent;&Atilde;&fnof;&AElig;&rsquo;&Atilde;&cent;&acirc;&sbquo;&not;&Aring;&iexcl;&Atilde;&fnof;&acirc;&euro;&scaron;&Atilde;&sbquo;&Acirc;&cent;&Atilde;&fnof;&AElig;&rsquo;&Atilde;&dagger;&acirc;&euro;&trade;&Atilde;&fnof;&acirc;&euro;&scaron;&Atilde;&sbquo;&Acirc;&cent;&Atilde;&fnof;&AElig;&rsquo;&Atilde;&sbquo;&Acirc;&cent;&Atilde;&fnof;&Acirc;&cent;&Atilde;&cent;&acirc;&sbquo;&not;&Aring;&iexcl;&Atilde;&sbquo;&Acirc;&not;&Atilde;&fnof;&acirc;&euro;&brvbar;&Atilde;&sbquo;&Acirc;&iexcl;&Atilde;&fnof;&AElig;&rsquo;&Atilde;&cent;&acirc;&sbquo;&not;&Aring;&iexcl;&Atilde;&fnof;&acirc;&euro;&scaron;&Atilde;&sbquo;&Acirc;&not;&Atilde;&fnof;&AElig;&rsquo;&Atilde;&dagger;&acirc;&euro;&trade;&Atilde;&fnof;&Acirc;&cent;&Atilde;&cent;&acirc;&euro;&scaron;&Acirc;&not;&Atilde;&sbquo;&Acirc;&brvbar;&Atilde;&fnof;&AElig;&rsquo;&Atilde;&sbquo;&Acirc;&cent;&Atilde;&fnof;&Acirc;&cent;&Atilde;&cent;&acirc;&sbquo;&not;&Aring;&iexcl;&Atilde;&sbquo;&Acirc;&not;&Atilde;&fnof;&acirc;&euro;&brvbar;&Atilde;&cent;&acirc;&sbquo;&not;&Aring;&ldquo;For the past few weeks, we have verified over 100,000 e- certificates and forwarded them to the Registrar who would in turn dispatch same electronically to investors through whatever outlets they bought the shares&Atilde;&fnof;&AElig;&rsquo;&Atilde;&dagger;&acirc;&euro;&trade;&Atilde;&fnof;&acirc;&euro; &Atilde;&cent;&acirc;&sbquo;&not;&acirc;&bdquo;&cent;&Atilde;&fnof;&AElig;&rsquo;&Atilde;&cent;&acirc;&sbquo;&not;&Aring;&iexcl;&Atilde;&fnof;&acirc;&euro;&scaron;&Atilde;&sbquo;&Acirc;&cent;&Atilde;&fnof;&AElig;&rsquo;&Atilde;&dagger;&acirc;&euro;&trade;&Atilde;&fnof;&acirc;&euro;&scaron;&Atilde;&sbquo;&Acirc;&cent;&Atilde;&fnof;&AElig;&rsquo;&Atilde;&sbquo;&Acirc;&cent;&Atilde;&fnof;&Acirc;&cent;&Atilde;&cent;&acirc;&sbquo;&not;&Aring;&iexcl;&Atilde;&sbquo;&Acirc;&not;&Atilde;&fnof;&acirc;&euro;&brvbar;&Atilde;&sbquo;&Acirc;&iexcl;&Atilde;&fnof;&AElig;&rsquo;&Atilde;&cent;&acirc;&sbquo;&not;&Aring;&iexcl;&Atilde;&fnof;&acirc;&euro;&scaron;&Atilde;&sbquo;&Acirc;&not;&Atilde;&fnof;&AElig;&rsquo;&Atilde;&dagger;&acirc;&euro;&trade;&Atilde;&fnof;&Acirc;&cent;&Atilde;&cent;&acirc;&euro;&scaron;&Acirc;&not;&Atilde;&hellip;&Acirc;&iexcl;&Atilde;&fnof;&AElig;&rsquo;&Atilde;&cent;&acirc;&sbquo;&not;&Aring;&iexcl;&Atilde;&fnof;&acirc;&euro;&scaron;&Atilde;&sbquo;&Acirc; the source affirmed.</span></span></span><br />
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Verdana;"><span lang="EN-GB">Bagco in November, 2007 sought to raise N7.273 billion and offered to members of the Nigerian Investing Publics 1.865 billion ordinary shares of 50 Kobo at N3.90 Kobo per share.</span></span></p>
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