Relating to the issue of false allegation of fraud against one of our Executive Directors and member of our Family Mr. George Anyiam-Osigwe; our position is that the said allegation is totally false and baseless based on the clear facts surrounding the issue and evidence in support of same. No $5m commission was ever paid to George Anyiam-Osigwe nor any official in our Group or other member of our Family either as claimed or at all.
The issue arose out of our Group’s role in leveraging our goodwill with our Government, in the course of our legitimate oil gas business, in facilitating a Crude Oil Government to Government (G to G) Contract from our Government in favor of the Government of Zambia, under the then leadership of President Rupiah Banda at the material time. However, it so transpired that so soon after we had successfully secured the G to G Contract for the Zambian Government, instead of our being given the rights to operate the Contract on behalf of the Government as is customary and the practice for facilitators of such Contracts and as was agreed between the Parties, as we were eventually sidelined and edged out of the transaction by them. It would appear that certain unscrupulous officials of the Zambian Government surreptitiously approached a third Party Company to eventually operate the contract for them, a Company we were later to know from the libelous publication, to be one SARB of no relationship to our Group whatsoever, remotely or otherwise.
From the publication, it would appear that following a change in Administration in Zambia, that the G to G Crude Contract had problems, strangely, though it was alleged that though the crude was lifted, the Zambian Government was yet to receive the products and or its proceeds therefrom and perhaps, they might have parted with the alleged funds as commissions to whomsoever they ultimately dealt with, (Not George Anyiam-Osigwe, nor any one in our Organization), whom it would appear never kept their own side of the bargain with the Zambian Government.
THE GOVERNMENT OF ZAMBIA DID NOT DEAL WITH ANYONE IN OUR ORGANIZATION AS REGARDS THE ALLEGED CRUDE CONTRACT, NEITHER GEORGE ANYIAM-OSIGWE NOR ANY OTHER OFFICIAL IN OUR GROUP EITHER AS ALLEGED OR AT ALL. NOR HAS GEORGE ANYIAM-OSIGWE NOR ANY OFFICIAL WITHIN OUR GROUP RECEIVED ANY SUCH SUM CLAIMED, NOR ANY DIME EITHER AS ALLEGED OR AT ALL, NOR EVER MET THE SAID GEORGE ZULU. We challenge anyone to produce any contrary evidence to this fact.
When we received news of libelous publication by the said George Zulu, whom we understand is the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development, we promptly wrote to the High Commissioner of Zambian Government in Nigeria (See Copy of Letter attached) protesting these accusations by him, confirming that we have never met such a person, claiming that the said publication by the said George Zulu clearly admits of libel and demanded a prompt retraction and an apology. We followed this effort with additionally notifying and instructing our Lawyers in Zambia Messrs.’ Kabesha and Co. to promptly write the Zambian Government to officially notify them about our serious concerns of the libelous material, urging them to promptly retract the statement and render an unqualified official apology to us, through the same medium it made the said publication, and reserving our rights to sue them for damages in an appropriate Law Court, in the event of their failing to do needful. This our lawyers did through their letter dated 4th Sept 2012 (Copy attached). The contents speak for themselves.
Following our said letter through our lawyers, the Solicitor General of the Zambian Government, one MR. Musa Nwenye, following the outcome of their own thorough Investigation in the matter, wrote to us through our lawyers, (Copy Attached) confirming that the said George Zulu had since called a Press Statement, confirming that he never made the comments attributed to him in the papers and further that the said George Zulu had absolved us of any wrong doing in the matter, contrary to the claimed allegations which he completely denied responsibility for and on the strength of which he further craved our indulgence to treat the matter as closed.
ANYIAM-OSIGWE RESERVE THEIR RIGHT TO SUE ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT
Notwithstanding this letter, we have still prevailed on our lawyers to formally demand from the Zambian Government the unreserved apology for their said libel, now acknowledged, failing which we still reserve our rights to sue them for damages we consider we have suffered; granted that we are involved in international business apart from our operations in Nigeria. We have been assured of this apology.
I trust that the above clarifications, along with the attached documents addresses this issue.
General Counsel Anyiam-Osigwe Group