28 C
Sunday, May 31, 2020
Home News Metro P&ID $9.6bn debt: FG secures variation order of $200m from UK Court

P&ID $9.6bn debt: FG secures variation order of $200m from UK Court

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN) has announced that the Federal Government of Nigeria has succeeded in securing variation of the UK court order from cash payment of $200m security to issuing bank guarantee of the same amount.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Special Assistant Media and Public Relation of the office; Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu on Friday.

Malami disclosed explained that the Federal Government appealed against the payment of $200m security component which was a condition for stay of execution of the judgment.

The Court on Thursday, November 28, granted the Federal Government’s request for variation of terms of the order seeking to provide bank guarantee in place of direct deposit.

“Our application for variation of the order was allowed and we are as a result not making cash deposit but posting a bank guarantee,” the Minister has said.

“We remain in control of our funds by the act of acceptance of the guarantee. The Government is not paying the $ 200m cash but positing a bank guarantee by the variation of the order.

“The advantage of the variation in the judgment from direct deposition of cash to posting of bank guarantee is that the money and its control resides in the Federal Government unlike when otherwise”.

“The success recorded so far in relation to the $200m security deposit is that the amount of money remain in our custody, and we are simply providing a document. It is only when our case did not success, which we never anticipate, then the court can order the withdrawal the amount as stated in bank guarantee”.

Malami said the Federal Government request the change in the method of paying the security deposit because it believes that the entire contract will be quashed on the basis of fraud.

The Minister reiterated commitment to vigorously pursue the case aiming at seeking to set aside the award of $9.6b and get the entire contract quashed.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Policeman goes berserk, shoots colleague dead, fires bullets at residents

A policeman who went berserk and shot his colleague dead has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command.

COVID-19: 312 Indians evacuated from Nigeria due to pandemic

Three hundred and Twelve Indian nationals have been evacuated from Nigeria as a result of the lingering Coronavirus pandemic.  The...

#JusticeForUwa: Obaseki orders investigation into the death of UNIBEN student ‘raped inside church’

Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo, has ordered an investigation into the death of Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100-level microbiology student of the...

Obasanjo far better President than Buhari – Ango Abdullahi

A former Minister and Vice Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria, Professor Ango Abdullahi has said that Olusegun Obasanjo is...

Recent Comments