O&O Networks Limited Approaches Supreme Court Over Airtel Shares Judgement 

Yemisi Izuora 

O&O Networks Limited has a Court of Appeal Judgment relating to shares that it previously owned in Airtel Networks Limited.

The firms external Solicitors have filed Notices of Appeal against the judgments, alongside Motions to Stay Execution of the Judgments. Parties to the appeals, including Broad Communications Limited, have been served with the court papers.

In August 2018, O & O Networks sold its shares in Airtel Networks Limited for N22.5 billion (approximately US$62.5 million) with the permission of the Federal High Court on June 7, 2018 and subsequently in September 2018, Broad Communications Ltd  filed an interlocutory application requesting the Federal High Court of Nigeria to grant an order directing O&O Networks to place N22.5 billion (approximately US$62 million) – the entire proceeds of the sale of the Airtel shares and an amount which is significantly in excess of the plaintiff’s total monetary claim – into an escrow account in the name of the Chief Registrar of the Federal High Court, pending the final determination of the substantive claim. 

 

The Federal High Court of Nigeria granted the interlocutory application on March 7, 2019. 

However, O & O Networks subsequently filed a Notice of Appeal and an application to stay of execution of the Ruling. 

The appeal against the Ruling were dismissed by the Court of Appeal Tuesday 24th November 2020.  

A further appeal against the judgments, alongside Motions to Stay Execution of the Judgments has been filed to the Supreme Court.

 

O&O Networks will prosecute the Supreme Court appeal vigorously as it believes the substantive claim of Broad Communications Ltd. is without merit whatsoever as O & O Networks sold the shares validly and with the authorization of a court of law.

 

O&O Networks is a special purpose vehicle previously owned by former Oceanic Bank International Limited (‘Oceanic’) and which, in 2011, formed part of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated’s (ETI) acquisition of Oceanic. 

 

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