Zubair, Acting SEC DG insist on Oando’s forensic audit

The Acting Director-General, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Dr. Abdul Zubair, has reiterated SEC’s resolve to conduct a Forensic Audit on the activities of Oando Plc.

  In a letter dated December 5, 2017 and addressed to the CEO of Oando Plc, Wale Tinubu, the Commission assurse the general public of its zero tolerance to infractions in the Nigerian Capital Market.

 The letter, titled ‘Re: Forensic Audit into the Affairs of Oando Plc’, reads in part: “Further to our letter to you dated November 27, 2017 and another letter to your lawyers dated November 28, 2017, wherein the Commission had notified Oando Plc of its decision to go ahead with the Forensic Audit, the Commission in the light of recent development wishes to reiterate the following:

”That the Commission is aware that Suit No: FHC/L/CS/1601/17: OANDO PLC V. SEC & ANOR was struck out on November 23, 2017 by his Lordship Hon. Justice Aikawa of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court.

“That the Commission is not aware of the existence of any valid or subsisting Order of Court restraining the Commission from proceeding with the Forensic Audit.

“While we acknowledge that a Notice of Appeal has been filed to challenge the judgment of the Federal High Court, this notice does not serve as an Order of Court restraining the Commission from conducting the exercise.


“We wish to restate that our Forensic Auditors had been directed to commence work since November 27, 2017 and as a result shall be at your premises on any date from Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

“Kindly accord them the necessary assistance.”

 The finance ministry had in a statement signed by Patricia Deworitshe, Deputy Director, Press, announced the suspension of  former Director-General of the Commission, Munir Gwarzo.

  Suspended alongside Mr. Gwarzo were two officials of the commission, Abdulsalam Habu, Head of Media Division, and Anastasia Braimoh, Head of Legal Department.