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Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by ijustdey: 6:02pm On Jan 08
The bank says the company reneged on its promise to sell the hotel and pay the N5 billion debt on or before December 31, 2019.

By Ade Adesomoju

The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Jabi, Abuja, on Thursday, ordered the sale of an Abuja hotel owned by Obat Oil and Petroleum Limited to offset N5 billion debt it owes Ecobank Plc.

The judge, Hassan Babangida, gave the order in a suit filed by Ecobank.

The hotel in question, Febson Hotels & Malls, is located at Plot 2425, Herbert Macaulay Way, Abuja.

Obat Oil, the firm which owns the property, was founded by an oil mogul and popular monarch, the Olugbo of Ugbo Kingdom in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State, Fedrick Akinruntan, who was in 2014 ranked by Forbes magazine as the “second richest king in Africa and the richest in Nigeria.”

Ecobank’s case

Ecobank, through the application filed on October 18, 2019, sought the court’s authority to sell the hotel to recover the N5 billion owed it by Obat Oil.

It claimed that it had reached an agreement with Obat Oil to sell the hotel to offset the debt, adding that the agreement was adopted by the High Court of Lagos State as a consent judgment delivered on March 15, 2017.

The bank, through its lawyer, Kunle Ogunba, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, added that Obat Oil, in a November 16, 2019 letter, informed the bank that it had found a buyer for the hotel and would offset the debt with the proceeds of the sale.

It added that the company reneged on its promise to have the hotel sold and pay the N5 billion debt “on or before December 31, 2019”.

Obat Oil’s defence

Meanwhile, Obat Oil’s lawyer, Olalekan Ojo, did not deny his client’s N5 billion indebtedness.

He maintained that Ecobank was no longer the creditor because the bank had in a letter dated April 5, 2017, allegedly assigned its rights and interests in the case to a third party, ETI Specialised Finance Company Limited.

He said this implied that only ETI Specialised Finance Company Limited could assert any right over the N5 billion judgment.

Judgment

Delivering judgment on Thursday, the judge held that Ecobank had the locus standi (legal right) to enforce the Lagos State High Court judgment.

Mr Babangida ruled that there was nothing placed before the court to show that the alleged transfer of the bank’s right in the N5 billion to ETI was complete.

He noted that although the bank in its April 5, 2017 letter stated that ETI would act on its behalf, there was no evidence showing that ETI complied with the condition in the letter requiring it to give the debtor the bank account into which the N5 billion should be paid.

“The judgment sum has not been paid till today and it was agreed by the parties that the property in question, Febson Hotels & Malls, should be sold in satisfaction of the judgment sum,” the judge added.

Mr Babangida ordered: “The court hereby orders the issuance of a writ for the attachment and for sale of the property known as Febson Hotels & Malls and the sum of N5 billion to be realised from the sale should be paid to the applicant.”

Appeal

Meanwhile, Obat Oil immediately appealed against the judgment and filed an application for stay of execution of the judgment, on Thursday.

Mr Ojo, the company’s lawyer, filed two grounds notice of appeal at the Court of Appeal in Abuja, contending that the trial judge “erred in law” by not declining jurisdiction to entertain and grant Ecobank’s motion on notice dated October 18, 2019.

The lawyer argued that the court ought to decline jurisdiction because the judgment debt sought to be enforced by Ecobank had been assigned to ETI Specialised Finance Company.

Obat Oil also argued that the judge erred in law because he relied on the reply affidavit filed by the judgment creditor on November 5, 2019 “after the judgment creditor had started its address in respect of the motion on notice filed on October 1, 2019 without obtaining the leave of the trial court to file the said reply affidavit”.

The firm argued that the judge arrived at a decision that occasioned “grave miscarriage of justice” by relying on such reply affidavit.

In its motion for stay of execution of the judgment, which it filed before the same trial judge at the FCT High Court, Jabi, on Thursday, Obat Oil sought an order of injunction and stay of execution “restraining Ecobank from enforcing it pending the determination of its appeal against the said judgment.”

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Re: Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by merits(m): 6:05pm On Jan 08
ijustdey:
The bank says the company reneged on its promise to sell the hotel and pay the N5 billion debt on or before December 31, 2019.



https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/435422-court-orders-sale-of-obat-oils-hotel-to-offset-n5-billion-debt.html
Life is full of up and down.learn to stay strong man.

First to comment I don't believe this.

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Re: Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by inoki247: 6:05pm On Jan 08
maybe when Nigeria no fit pay back Chinese loan na so Court go say mak dem sell the country.

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Re: Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by naijadrivablog: 6:05pm On Jan 08
Amcon ti take over

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Re: Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by NwaNimo1(m): 6:05pm On Jan 08
N5 Billion debt?



In the current climate the hotel no go fetch N1 Billion.

Nnewi man go soon own am!

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Re: Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by ednut1(m): 6:06pm On Jan 08
The rich keep scamming the banks. No one will buy the hotel. He will get it back last last

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Re: Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by NORSIYK(m): 6:06pm On Jan 08
Oba sef is owing

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Re: Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by sammysmiles(m): 6:07pm On Jan 08
₦5bn...That's huge debt...

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Re: Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by oka4ugoo: 6:07pm On Jan 08
When you see them flex you go think say dem gather but when you come closer you go understand na bank money dey float them.

Lesson
Slow and steady you go get there but when you enter a deal for quick and fast money come borrow money to make a huge profit it usually end in premium regret.

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Re: Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by Kobicove(m): 6:08pm On Jan 08
The rich also cry undecided

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Re: Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by SocialJustice: 6:09pm On Jan 08
Nigerian big men and fake wealth. Either they became rich through loan they refused to repay or economic sabotage.

No brain to actually innovate to create sustainable wealth.

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Re: Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by Otunbaigwe(m): 6:09pm On Jan 08
Most of the big men in Nigeria rely on loan to survive. who would ever thought a man who was recognised as the richest king in Nigeria could be owing such amounts of money. pls they should quickly remove that title of the richest king from him Jare. Richest king wey dey owe bank money. mtchew

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Re: Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by rottable(m): 6:09pm On Jan 08
For a common businessman to get a loan of 1million na war

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Re: Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by dantajay: 6:10pm On Jan 08
Ok
Re: Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by Beverlyjean(f): 6:10pm On Jan 08
Oil and gas business...very dicey

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Re: Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by Odkosh: 6:11pm On Jan 08
NwaNimo1:
N5 Billion debt?



In the current climate the hotel no go fetch N1 Billion.

Nnewi man go soon own am!
No nnewi man get 2billion, stop your lies

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Re: Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by michlins(m): 6:12pm On Jan 08
All these banks and there love for dashing money around. Many SME are in dire need of funding but they will gladly give the money to someone who wants to flex his concubines and buy more cars for his convoys

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Re: Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by H2ho(m): 6:12pm On Jan 08
Smh
Re: Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by kalu61(m): 6:15pm On Jan 08
Nigeria one day to China
Re: Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by Paxxcarl(m): 6:17pm On Jan 08
Odkosh:
No nnewi man get 2billion, stop your lies
uba no get pass 2billion naira?
or innosson is not worth more than 2bili?
you no just get brain ewu

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Re: Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by Vatod(m): 6:17pm On Jan 08
SocialJustice:
Nigerian big men and fake wealth. Either they became rich through loan they refused to pay or economic sabotage. No brain to actually innovate to make sustainable money.
The fact is that, No business can survive in this country! Without your hand getting dirty! Aside from online business

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Re: Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by comshots(m): 6:17pm On Jan 08
And I dey look for #500k to take hire shop and start my own business I no banks no dey give real investors loan.E fit be say the oba know the bank md that is why them dash am the money.

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Re: Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by oluwaseyi0: 6:17pm On Jan 08
Those banks deserve what they're getting, if it's one average businessman they will refuse to borrow out 1million without a collateral of like value

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Re: Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by fredoooooo: 6:18pm On Jan 08
Gbese ..
Re: Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by damoceile: 6:19pm On Jan 08
This is how Nigeria would eventually be sold and shared among the countries we are owing shocked shocked undecided
Re: Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by iamyemiakins(m): 6:22pm On Jan 08
This one is strong!

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Re: Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by ekaette1621: 6:23pm On Jan 08
A Northerner from Kastina once told Nigerians that
petrol will be sold at N45 per liter. He also said that $1 will be equal to N1. I did not mention anybody's name but we all know
the name of this magician called . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Re: Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by Reference(m): 6:24pm On Jan 08
grin..China is watching with keen interest...meanwhile if the case is overturned by a higher court Ecobank will just print posters and the boys from Kaduna will settle the matter.

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Re: Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by sapientia(m): 6:27pm On Jan 08
See madness

You are owing

You have agreed that the hotel could be sold.

Why not join the third party to the suit if you feel it's a scam.

Clowns.

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Re: Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by SocialJustice: 6:29pm On Jan 08
Vatod:

The fact is that, No business can survive in this country! Without your hand getting dirty! Aside from online business
The one surviving on its own at some point gets destroyed by government directly or indirectly.

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Re: Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by MasterRahl(m): 6:29pm On Jan 08
angry

Nigerian billionaires sef undecided

Nigerian banks should also try to lend money to upcoming entrepreneurs and hardworking youths just as they dash money to thieving businessmen and politicians.

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Re: Court Orders Sale Of Obat Oil’s Hotel To Offset N5 Billion Debt by 12345baba(m): 6:34pm On Jan 08
NwaNimo1:
N5 Billion debt?



In the current climate the hotel no go fetch N1 Billion.

Nnewi man go soon own am!
e go fetch that location were e dey na better location

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