London-listed oil explorer Afren Plc said its board had temporarily suspended Chief Executive Osman Shahenshah and Chief Operating Officer Shahid Ullah pending an investigation into payments.
The company said in a statement to the regulatory service that a review for the board found evidence of “the receipt of unauthorised payments potentially for the benefit of the CEO and COO”.
“These payments were not made by the company. The investigation has not found any evidence that any other board members were involved,” Afren said in a statement.
“No conclusive findings have yet been reached and the investigation is ongoing,” the statement added
Shares in Afren fell to a low of 100 pence, off more than 30 percent and hitting their lowest level since June 2012. They stood at 104 pence at 0735 GMT.
The investigation is being conducted by law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher.
The public relations firm acting on behalf of Afren said there was no further comment from the company, Shahenshah or Ullah.
Afren said it would postpone half-year results which were due on August 4, though it said the board has no reason to believe the investigation will negatively affect the company’s financial or operational position.
A new date in August will be announced in due course.
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