A party in the legal tussle over the ownership of The Daily Nigeria Limited (DTN) has described the ‘DTN 91 Heroes Award’ ceremony planned by Fidelis Anosike and Noel Anosike as “illegal and criminal.”
They stated this in a statement titled: “Re: Daily Times of Nigeria at 91 Heroes Award,” signed by the Company Secretary, L.A. Idu, on May 12, 2017, copies of which were made available to journalists yesterday.
In fact, the certified true copies of the status report of DTN issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), on Friday, 12, May 2017, and addressed to the Inspector General of Police; Director General, State Security Services, and the Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) respectively, showed the current officers of the company, as to chairman, directors, shareholders and secretary.
It however, did not list Fidelis Anosike and Noel Anosike as officers of the DTN.
“The Board of Directors of The Daily Times Nigeria Plc wishes to inform the general public that the so called Daily Times of Nigeria at 91 Heroes Award ceremony being organised by one Fidelis Anosike and Noel Anosike is illegal and criminal.
“Fidelis Anosike and Noel Anosike are imposters and are not officers of The Daily Times of Nigeria (DTN) in any capacity whatsoever, neither as directors nor as shareholders and do not have the authority of the company to organise any ceremony on its behalf.
“The general public is hereby warned that any person or organisation, etc, that participate in this ceremony in any manner whatsoever will be complicit in a criminal conspiracy for which appropriate legal sanctions shall apply. Please be advised and warned accordingly,” it stated.
The CAC letter to the EFCC and other security agencies showed that the company registration number is 149, with date of registration put at 6th June, 1925. The letter was signed by Aisha T. Tijani signed on behalf of the Registrar-General, CAC.
The names of directors of DTN, were listed to include Senator Ikechukwu Obiorah as Chairman of DTN. Others listed were Chinedu Oranuba, Chidi Ofodile, Hon. Joseph Chukwudi Okeke, Emeka Mbonu, Mohammed Zakariya Usman, Rashide Adepoju, Douglas Mbonu-Sam, and Emma Nsoedo
On the other hand, the shareholders listed were Arkngel Global Limited, Bontez Corporate and Allied Services Limited, DVS Limited, Various Shareholders, Independence Day Publications Limited, Wiparquet Limited