Nairametrics| The Securities and Exchange Commission of Nigeria (SEC), has placed a life ban on Mr Albert Okumagba and Mr Chibundu Edozie of BGL Group. Albert was the Group Managing Director while Chibundu was his deputy.
SEC also cancelled the licenses of Assets Management Limited and BGL Securities Ltd. They were also both banned from ever holding office in any public company in Nigeria. Chibundu Edozie was a director of Transcorp Plc, a public company, until he resigned from the board in September. According to an email statement sent to us by Transcorp, he notified the Board of his resignation through his letter of September 29 2016. The Board of Transcorp Plc has since accepted his resignation and all necessary regulatory notification in this regard has been made.
According to the press release posted on the website of SEC the decision was taken after its Administrative Proceedings Committee (APC) reached a final decision in the matter of APC/1/2015: Rivers State Ministry of Finance & 31 Others V. BGL Plc & 31 Others.
Here are key highlights of the decision;
- The commission said that these were the final decisions of the SEC Administrative Proceedings Committee (APC)
- SEC indicated that the companies and their officials breached extant capital market laws and rules that led to a loss of N5.77 billion to 32 innocent investors.
- It stated that the decisions on Okumagba and others were final as the decisions have “been approved by the relevant authority”.
- According to the commission, it received 32 complaints between 2012 and 2015 against the BGL companies over certain conducts in relation to operations of their Guaranteed Consolidated Notes (GCN) and Guaranteed Premium Notes (GPN).
- “Investigations revealed that the 1st to the 4th respondents had through the 5th to 32nd respondents breached some provisions of the Investment and Securities Act (ISA) 2007 as well as the SEC Rules and Regulations, which resulted to a loss of about N5,769,993,553.67 for 32 innocent investors,” SEC stated.
- The Commission stated that in order to ensure that the innocent investors obtain justice while also granting all parties fair hearing, the Commission invited all parties before the APC and having properly issued hearing notices, the APC sat on Dec. 8, 2016 to hear the matter.
- The News Agency of Nigeria also reports that other officials that were affected include Mr Peter Adebola, who was banned for five years, Joseph Ashley-Osuzoka was banned for four years with a fine of N100,000, Joshua Sesan Adetiloye and Ms Mshelia Bittinger were banned for one year.
- Others are Nkechi Azubuike, Victor Inyang, Hilary Eludu, and Andre Ewubare who were slammed with two-year ban with a fine of N100,000 each, while Anthony Nwozor was banned for one year with a fine of N100,000.
- Also, Okumagba and Edozie were directed to pay N100,000 fine each, while BGL Assets Management Ltd and BGL Securities Ltd.,were directed to pay N23.2 million and N10.1 million respectively.
- The circular stated that another BGL company, BGL Plc, was directed to pay a fine of N5 million.
Update: This article was updated to reflect Mr Chibundu’s resignation from the board. His name still appeared on their website until Wednesday, February 1st 2017.