OANDO Plc has opened up on the reason the integrated oil giant delayed the release of its third (Q3) Unaudited Financial Statement for 2020.
The company stated that the inability of the oil company to meet its 2020, Q3 filing of accounts obligation, which was due on November 20, 2020, is as a result of the indefinite suspension of the company’s 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM).
This was disclosed in a notification by OANDO for shareholders and stakeholders, which was sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on December 7, 2020.
The suspension of the AGM of the company by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) follows the Ex-parte Oder of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, in a suit involving the Group Chief Executive Officer of OANDO, Wale Tinubu & Anor vs Security and Exchange Commission & Anor.
The statement from OANDO partly reads, ‘’Pursuant to the directive of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) this is to update OANDO Plc’s shareholders and stakeholders of the delay in the release of the company’s 2020 Q3 unaudited financial statements (2020 Q3 UFS) by the due date of November 20 2020 (as extended) and as prescribed by the NSE rules on filing of accounts and treatment of default filing.’’
‘’The inability of the company to meet its 2020 Q3 UFS NSE Filing of Accounts obligation by the stipulated due date is as a result of the indefinite suspension of the company’s 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM).’’
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It can be recalled that on July 20, 2020, through an official press statement, OANDO had informed its shareholders that the Security and Exchange Commission notified the public and OANDO on Monday, June 10, 2019, that further to the Ex-parte order of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos in Suit No: FHC/L/Cs/910/19 in Mr Jubril Adewale Tinubu & Anor v Securities & Exchange Commission & Anor, it had suspended the company’s 2018 AGM till further notice.
OANDO noted that due to SEC’s suspension of its AGM, the company has been unable to appoint Auditors to begin an audit exercise into the company’s 2019 accounts. In addition to this, the suspension has also led to the inability of the Directors to lay before the shareholders for approval the following; 2018 Audited Financial Statements
The shareholders’ inability to re-appoint the auditors of the company to hold office for the 2019 financial year
The inability of the company to meet its 2019 financial year-end NSE Filing of Accounts obligation by the due date of March 31, 2020
The inability of the company to meet its 2020 Q1, Q2 and Q5 UFS NSE Filing of Accounts obligations by their respective stipulated dates
The action by SEC follows the alleged discovery of infractions in the management of the oil firm after the conduct of a forensic audit due to receipts of 2 petitions from Dahiru Mangal and Ansbury Incorporated.
Some of these infractions include alleged corporate governance lapses, internal controls failure, suspected market abuse, insider dealings and issues arising from the sale of a subsidiary, payment of interim dividends despite liquidity constraints and so on.