Oando Plc Distances Itself From $680 Million London Arbitration Ruling …Clarifies Stand On The Lingering Issues

Yemisi Izuora 

Oando Plc, has denied reports in print and digital news media purporting that the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) has ordered the company or Wale Tinubu to pay $680 million to Gabriel Volpi, in respect of investment dispute between Whitmore Asset Management Limited, jointly owned by Jubril Adewale Tinubu and Omamofe Boyo and Ansbury Investment Inc. owned by Gabriel Volpi.

The company in press statement denied being a party to the arbitration, and that the 

London Court of International Arbitration did not order it to pay any sum of money to Ansbury Investments Inc.

The statement further clarified that Oando Plc is not in any way indebted to Ansbury Investments Inc.

According to the statement, We understand that the parties involved in the arbitration are Whitmore Asset Management Limited (a company beneficially owned by Jubril Adewale Tinubu and Omamofe Boyo) and Ansbury Investments Inc. (a company beneficially owned by Gabrielle Volpi). We confirm that neither party is a shareholder in Oando PLC.

We are informed that the London Court of International Arbitration on July 6, 2018 ruled that Whitmore Limited should pay Ansbury Inc. the sum of $80m. The LCIA also ordered Ocean and Oil Development Partners OODP BVI (OODP BVI), a joint venture company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands by Ansbury Inc. and Whitmore Limited, to pay Ansbury Inc. the sum of $600m.

OODP BVI are in turn 99 per cent shareholders in Ocean and Oil Development Partners Nigeria (OODP Nigeria) the majority shareholder in Oando PLC by way of a 57.37 per cent stake in the Company”.

The statement noted that the stories also made mention of the petition that Ansbury Inc. filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) about mismanagement of Oando PLC and indebtedness arising from Ansbury’s interpretation of the published 2016 Audited Financial Statements of Oando PLC.

“This is to remind our shareholders and the general public alike that following the petition to the SEC and in line with the SEC’s directives on October 18, 2017, a forensic audit into the affairs of the Company officially began with an on-site review by the appointed external auditor in March 2018.

In the spirit of goodwill, transparency and full disclosure, the Company will continue to cooperate with the SEC in the discharge of their duties as the Capital Markets regulator during this exercise as well as update the market on any reports that may have a bearing on investors’ decision and the value of their shares”, the assured.

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