Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission’s claims that the group chief executive officer of Oando Plc, Wale Tinubu, his deputy Omamofe Boyo and the oil firm were involved in dubious activities cannot be substantiated

The Lagos Division of the Federal High Court has restrained the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from removing Wale Tinubu and Omamofe Boyo as Oando Plc’s Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) and Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer (DGCEO), respectively.

The judge, Mojisola Olatoregun, granted an interim injunction on Monday following an application by the embattled GCEO and DGCEO.

The Oando chiefs had applied for enforcement of their fundamental rights.

A copy of the order was obtained by newsmen in Lagos.

The court also restrained SEC, its servants or agents from taking any step concerning the commission’s letter dated May 31 in which it barred Messrs Tinubu and Boyo from being directors of a public company for five years.

It also restrained the commission from imposing a fine of N91.13 million on Mr Tinubu.

It also ordered that SEC should restrain from all actions on the said letter pending hearing and determination of the applicants’ motion for an interlocutory injunction.

The court also restrained Mutiu Sunmonu from acting as the Head of Oando’s interim management team pending the hearing and determination of the motion.

It also urged the parties to maintain the status quo ante pending the determination of the motion.

The court adjourned the case until June 14.

SEC on Sunday constituted an interim management team to be headed by Mr Sunmonu for Oando Plc.

In a statement, the commission said Mr Sunmonu would oversee the affairs of the company and conduct an Extra Ordinary General Meeting (EGM) on or before July 1, to appoint a new board of directors.

It said the new board of directors would subsequently select a management team for Oando Plc.

The commission reiterated its commitment to maintaining the integrity of the stock market.

SEC took the decision following conclusion of a forensic audit of Oando Plc.

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