AMCON takes over Micmerah International over N1bn debt
The business and assets of Micmerah International Agency Limited have been taken over by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).
The company was seized by AMCON over its alleged inability to pay a debt worth N1 billion it owes, a statement from AMCON stated.
AMCOM took over operations of the Onitsha, Anambra State-based firm based on the directive of a Federal High Court sitting in Awka, the Anambra State capital in Suits No. FHC/AWK/CS/101/2018 and No. FHC/AWK/CS/102/2018.
Already, the government agency has appointed Chief Tagbo Anieto as Receiver/Manager over the assets of Micmerah International Agency Limited.
Justice I.B. Gafai, who presided over the matter, granted AMCON the full possession as well as power of sale over the assets of Micmerah International Agency Limited now in the custody of AMCON.
AMCON had taken over the Non-Performing Loans (NPLs) of Micmerah International Agency Limited from various banks in line with its mandate under the AMCON Act.
All efforts to peacefully resolve the loan were allegedly frustrated by Mr Mike Emerah, the prime promoter of the company, which left AMCON with no other choice than to seek justice in the court of competent jurisdiction.
“As a responsible corporation, before we get to this stage with any of our obligors; we must have patiently tried to resolve the matter without going to court. Anytime we end up taking over assets by the order of the court such as in the case of Micmerah International Agency Limited, it means all efforts by AMCON to get the obligor to amicably repay the indebtedness have proved abortive.
“When you have exhausted all avenues of peaceful resolution, there is no other option available to AMCON than what has eventually happened, which is the commencement of enforcement action against Micmerah International Agency Limited as mandated by the court and as provided under Section 49-52 of the AMCON Act.
“If not, it would be difficult to take over those assets because the owner is very influential in Anambra State.”
It would be recalled that Mr Ahmed Lawan Kuru, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, AMCON late last year declared that the corporation after a critical evaluation of its recovery processes changed its resolution strategy to focus more on enforcement actions especially against recalcitrant and hard-core obligors that have vehemently refused to amicably meet their debt obligation to AMCON.