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Supreme Court Voids AMCON Takeover Of Lagos Hotel

Supreme Court Voids AMCON Takeover Of Lagos Hotel
The Supreme Court on Friday, affirmed the judgement of the court of Appeal nullifying the takeover of the 
landed property of Suru Worldwide Ventures Nigeria Limited by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria.  
A Federal High Court in Lagos had ordered the takeover of the company's property by AMCON for not paying the loan obtained from the defunct Oceanic Bank.  
This was following a suit by AMCON, praying the court to order security agencies to offer it protection to enable it to exercise its possessory rights as a legal mortgagee under the Deeds of Legal Mortgage, over Suru Worldwide Ventures Nigeria Limited’s landed properties.
Suru Worldwide Ventures Nigeria Limited, however, appealed against the judgment on the grounds that it was denied a fair hearing because it was not joined as a defendant.
The appellate court, in a lead judgment by Justice Ugochukwu Ogakwu, held that the failure of AMCON to join Suru Worldwide Ventures Nigeria Limited as a defendant in its suit before the Federal High Court rendered the proceedings leading to the takeover order nullity.
The court also ordered that the matter be returned to the Federal High Court for a fresh hearing
Reading the lead judgment at the apex court,  Justice Emmanuel Agim confirmed the court's decision to halt the company takeover and ordered a new hearing at the High Court.
Correspondent Kunle Ojo reports that the Judge said he found no merit in the appeal and thereby  affirmed the judgment of the court of appeal on the matter.

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