A Former Member of the House of Representatives Chudi Office has dragged the a company owned by the family of Governor Peter Obi, Next International Limited and six others to an Abuja Federal High Court over allegations that the Sab Miller Breweries Cited in Onitsha was set up with 5 Billion Naira belonging to the state.
Also cited as defendants in the suit are Initiative Beverages Limited, Sab miller Nigeria Holdings BV, Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
In the suit filed through his Counsel Patrick Ikwunma, SAN, Office is asking for a declaration that the brewery (Initiative Brewery) established by the first defendant, Initiative Beverages Limited is a benefit property of and wholly belongs to the government of Anayo State.
He also asked the court for an order directing the 1st,2nd and 3rd defendants (Initiative Beverages Limited, Sab miller Nigeria Holdings BV, and Next International Nigeria Limited) to render full and complete account of the operations including the costs for the establishment of the brewery established with the monies of the government.
Office averted that at incorporation, the shareholders/directors were, Mr Peter Gregory Obi ( the current Governor of Anayo State and Ache Attah Ache, who was removed as a director of the company on July 3rd 1996.
He alleged that Gov Obi purportedly resigned from the company on March 15,2006 having been declared governor but since his assumption of office his biological brothers have managed the affairs of Next International Nig, Limited and the company has continued to function as a family business of Mr. Peter Gregory Obi.
The matter has been assigned to Justice Maintained who has fixed April 30th for hearing.