SEC Announces Far Reaching Decisions On The Investigation Of Oando Plc


Friday, May 31, 2019   /  05:00PM  /  By SEC Management    / Header Image Credit: Oando


The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Nigeria, this evening published a press release on their website stating their decision(s) in respect of their two year investigation of petitions against Oando Plc. Below is a reproduction of the press release.


Following the receipt of two petitions by the Commission in 2017, investigations were conducted into the activities of Oando Plc (a company listed on the Nigerian and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges). Certain infractions of Securities and other relevant laws were observed. The Commission further engaged Deloitte & Touche to conduct a Forensic Audit of the activities of Oando Plc.


The general public is hereby notified of the conclusion of the investigations of Oando Plc.


The findings from the report revealed serious infractions such as false disclosures, market abuses, misstatements in financial statements, internal control failures, and corporate governance lapses stemming from poor board oversight, irregular approval of directors’ remuneration, unjustified disbursements to directors and management of the company, related party transactions not conducted at arm’s length, amongst others.


As part of measures to address these violations, the Commission has directed as follows:

  1. Resignation of the affected Board members of Oando Plc,
  2. The convening of an Extra-Ordinary General Meeting on or before July 1, 2019, to appoint new directors,
  3. Payment of monetary penalties by the company and affected individuals and directors,
  4. Refund of improperly disbursed remuneration by the affected Board members to the company,
  5. Bar of the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) and the Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer (DGCEO) of Oando Plc from being directors of public companies for a period of five (5) years. 


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As required under Section 304 of the Investments and Securities Act, (ISA) 2007, the Commission would refer all issues with possible criminality to the appropriate criminal prosecuting authorities.


In addition, other aspects of the findings would be referred to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), and the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).


The Commission is confident that with the implementation of the above directives and introduction of some remedial measures, such unwholesome practices by public companies would be significantly reduced.


Therefore, in line with the Federal Government’s resolve to build strong institutions, Boards of public companies are enjoined to properly perform their fiduciary duties as required under extant securities laws.


The Commission, as the apex regulator of the Nigerian capital market, maintains its zero tolerance to market infractions, and reiterates its commitment to ensuring the fairness, integrity, efficiency and transparency of the securities market, thereby strengthening investor protection. 


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Proshare Reports  - Oando Investigation

1. Download Full (PDF) Report - Memo to The Market: The Oando Corporate Journey – At The Regulators Gate 

2. Download (PDF) Report - SEC Technical Committee on Oando Plc 2017  (Dec 04, 2017)

3. Review of the SEC Technical Committee Recommendations, Opinion and Final Report


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List of Appendix

1.  Corporate Governance Rating System (CGRS)
2.  Facts Behind the Figures (FYE 2016 & Q1 2017 Performance Review)
3. Oando Plc Half Year Update Call (FYE 2015 & Q1 2016 Performance Review)
4. NSE X-Compliance Report February 21, 2014

5. NSE X-Compliance Report August 7, 2015   


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Acknowledgement/Research Links

55.  Securities and Exchange Commission, Nigeria  

56.  The Nigerian Stock Exchange

57.  Oando Plc

58. Convention for Business Integrity

59.  Vetiva Capital Management Ltd

60. Oando’s Investors Relation Page - TheAnalyst

61.  Oando Plc Audited Financial Statements – 2012

62. Oando Plc Audited Financial Statements - 2013

63. Oando Plc Audited Financial Statements - 2014

64. Oando Plc Audited Financial Statements - 2015

65. Oando Plc Audited Financial Statements - 2016 


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