Simon Utebor, Yenagoa
Bayelsa State Excessive Courtroom sitting in Yenagoa has ordered the freezing of financial institution accounts operated by Dilly Motors Restricted owned by a businessman, Okwudili Umenyiora, following an investigation by the police over N2.5bn automobiles equipped to the state authorities.
The state Commissioner of Police in an ex parte movement prayed the court docket to freeze the agency’s financial institution accounts maintained by the agency listed within the go well with as the primary respondent.
The go well with, which additionally named the banks because the second and third respondents, urged the court docket to make an order withholding the account pending the conclusion of the police investigations.
Granting the request, the Presiding Decide, Justice E.G. Omukoro, made an order freezing the accounts for 14 days to be renewed after a contemporary utility by the police.
Omukoro additionally made an order compelling the banks to furnish the police with detailed assertion of accounts of the primary respondent.
The investigation started following a petition alleging fraud, felony conversion and conduct more likely to breach public peace written in opposition to Dilly Motors Restricted and its founder, Okwudili Umenyiora, by Solalina Mass Transport Restricted.
The petition, which was written by Charles Iroh, Head of Chambers, Triax Solicitors, mentioned in 2019, Umenyiora, the Managing Director of DML, approached his shopper to facilitate automobile provides to the Bayelsa State authorities.
The petition mentioned: “This dialogue continued till early 2020 when it was agreed that our shopper ought to use its wealth of experience within the transportation business and contacts to facilitate the contract in favour of Dilly Motors Restricted.
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“Our shopper, being an indigenous firm with core concentrate on haulage, constitution and transportation service, provide chain administration, specialist automobiles and professional drivers, specialist on-board equipment and gear and different transport providers, was contracted as a facilitator to Dilly Motors Restricted by advantage of a Car Procurement/Facilitation Settlement dated February 17, 2020 with clear phrases and circumstances.
“That by our shopper’s dedication and experience, On March 5, 2020, the mentioned Dilly Motors Restricted acquired the job. Sequel to this, the corporate by its MD, Okwudili Umenyiora, informed our shopper that the contract worth for the automobile provide was within the sum of two billion, 300 and 5 million, 2 hundred and thirty 4 thousand naira (N2, 305, 234, 000) solely.
“It was very clear within the settlement that our shopper was entitled to a sure proportion of the contract sum and when our shopper requested for the contract paperwork, Okwudili refused to avail our shopper of the knowledge.”
The lawyer mentioned having facilitated the availability contract primarily based on the settlement for the fee of the share of the whole sum his shopper reached with the agency, his shopper found that the contract worth was N2.5bn as a substitute of the N2.3bn said by the contractor, an intent to additional cheat his shopper.
He averred that the contractor had refused to pay the fee to his shopper regardless of receiving virtually full fee from the state authorities and reasonably resorting to fraudulent ways, menace and blackmail.
In the meantime, it was confirmed that previous to the felony investigation by the police, Solalina had filed a civil motion with go well with quantity YHC/108/2020 within the Excessive Courtroom sitting in Yenagoa and presided by Justice T. I Cocodia for breach of contract.
All events within the civil matter had been served and the case scheduled for listening to on July 21, 2020.
Within the go well with, Solalina is searching for to implement its rights in a finder’s payment, facilitation settlement entered into with Dilly Motors for the availability of automobiles to the Bayelsa State Authorities.