The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), yesterday, said it has concluded investigation of Oando Plc and directed, among others, the resignation of the affected board memberstive officer (DGCEO), Omamofe Boyo, from being directors of public companies for a period of five years.
SEC, in a statement to LEADERSHIP Weekend, yesterday, directed the convening of an Extra-Ordinary General Meeting (EGM) on or before July 1, 2019, to appoint new directors.
These, among others, SEC stated, are part of measures to address identified violations in the company.
According to the SEC, following the receipt of two petitions by the Commission in 2017, investigations were conducted into the activities of Oando Plc, a company listed on the Nigerian and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges.
“Certain infractions of Securities and other relevant laws were observed. The Commission further engaged Deloitte & Touche to conduct a Forensic Audit of the activities of Oando Plc.
“The general public is hereby notified of the conclusion of the investigations of Oando. The findings from the report revealed serious
infractions such as false disclosures, market abuses, mis-statements
in financial statements, internal control failures, and corporate governance lapses stemming from poor board oversight, irregular approval of directors’ remuneration, unjustified disbursements to directors and management of the company, related party transactions not conducted at arm’s length, amongst others.”
“The Commission has directed the payment of monetary penalties by the company, affected individuals and directors, and refund of improperly disbursed remuneration by the affected board members to the company.
“As required under Section 304 of the Investments and Securities Act, (ISA) 2007, the Commission said it would refer all issues with possible criminality to the appropriate criminal prosecuting authorities.”
SEC added that other aspects of the findings would be referred to the
Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), and the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
“The Commission is confident that with the implementation of the above directives and introduction of some remedial measures, such
unwholesome practices by public companies would be significantly
“Therefore, in line with the federal government’s resolve to build
strong institutions, boards of public companies are enjoined to
properly perform their fiduciary duties as required under extant
securities laws,” the statement added.
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