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Nigeria’s Richest King Obateru Akinruntan Goes Broke, Loses Hotel To Debtor

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Nigeria’s Richest King Obateru Akinruntan Goes Broke, Loses Hotel To Debtor

2020 is not a good year for Oba Fredrick Akinruntan, the Olugbo Of Ùgbó Kingdom in Ilaje, Ondo State, as the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Jabi, Abuja, will on April 9 hear an application by Ecobank Nigeria Limited for an order authorising it to sell an Abuja hotel belonging to Obat Oil and Petroleum Limited, owned by the monarch.

The bank said it agreed with Obat Oil, which belongs to Oba Akinruntan, to sell the hotel.

It is to offset N5 billion debt owed the bank by the firm.

The hotel, Febson Hotels & Malls, is on Plot 2425 on Herbert Macaulay Way in Abuja.

Justice Hassan Babangida had adjourned to enable the parties to settle, but Obat’s lawyer, Mr Olalekan Ojo (SAN), said “not much had been achieved” in the settlement talks.

The bank’s lawyer, Mr Kunle Ogunba (SAN) of Insolvency Forte, said the talks had broken down completely.

He added that he was yet to receive any correspondence or document on an out-of-court settlement.

The bank, in its last October 18 motion, said the agreement to offset the N5 billion debt, is contained in a consent judgment of a Lagos High Court delivered on March 15, 2017.

It said the agreement between it and Obat Oil was adopted by the court as its judgment.

The bank, however, said despite the registered consent judgment, Obat Oil prevented potential buyers from paying for the hotel by demanding unrealistic sums.

But Obat Oil, in its counter-affidavit, said the bank, in an April 5, 2017 letter, assigned its rights and interests in the case to a third party, ETI Specialised Finance Company Limited, which is Ecobank Group’s debt recovery vehicle.

The oil company accused the bank of concealing the fact before the court.

The respondent contended that by the alleged concealment, the bank “no longer had any right or interest in the judgment-debt sought to be enforced before the honourable court”.

Justice Babangida fixed April 9 for definite hearing but noted that parties were at liberty to settle.

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  1. Dawaye Georgewill

    March 15, 2020 at 3:27 AM

    he has used all his money to buy Bentley. Culture of show off is common in Yoruba land

    • kirsty ade

      April 15, 2020 at 3:17 AM

      dont mind him, he bought the finest of all finest

  2. Alatise Olayinka

    March 15, 2020 at 6:22 PM

    Obateru has so many things to contend with

  3. kirsty ade

    April 15, 2020 at 3:15 AM

    what a shame parading himself as a wealthy king when his subject and kingdom languished in penury.. so it was only on loan and he couldn’t even pay backwhat a shame.. if he had used the money to invest in his kingdom it would have yielded much more.. but he bought all the finest things for himself.. i have alway said and believed that whats the point living in a luxurious fortress when you have un-accessable road and broken tents around you.. ITS LIKE BEING THE RICHEST IN THE GRAVEYARD, THATS POVERTY

  4. Mutiaraduke's

    March 11, 2021 at 8:31 AM

    Nice in you sir

  5. Godfather

    July 31, 2021 at 1:40 PM

    Nothing last forever

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