20171209

Kemi Adeosun to Suspended SEC Boss: "I Won’t Succumb To Blackmail"

The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has said no amount of blackmail by the suspended Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Mr Mounir Gwarzo, would make her stop the Administrative Panel of Inquiries probe of the embattled SEC DG.

The minister said this during a chat with journalists at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja.

Adeosun described as untrue, claims by the suspended DG, that she attempted to stop the forensic audit by SEC into the activities of Oando Plc.

She wondered why Gwarzo could resort to peddling falsehood when in fact he was given a right of fair hearing through an administrative query.

Adeosun said that she decided to speak now to set the records straight, because the actions so far taken by Gwarzo since his suspension by the government is capable of eroding investors’ confidence in the capital market.

She described the allegations against Gwarzo as weighty as the ministry is in possession of records that shows inconsistencies in the handling of the affairs of the commission by the suspended DG.

Adeosun said, “Mr. Gwarzo has alleged that his suspension was due to his refusal to stop the forensic audit of Oando Plc.

“I would not have ordinarily responded in view of his responsibility for the approval of the Constitution and Terms of Reference for the Administrative Panel of Inquiry into the allegations against Mr. Gwarzo.

“However, given the degree of speculations and the potential impact on the capital market, there is a need to set the records straight as follows:

“The integrity of the capital market is vital to the growth of the Nigerian economy and must be managed in an orderly and transparent manner to ensure investors’ confidence. Its leadership must maintain and be seen to maintain the highest standards of integrity.

“That the original decision taken by SEC on October 20, 2017 to suspend the shares of Oando Plc and conduct a forensic audit, was approved and endorsed by the Federal Ministry of Finance.

“The SEC team, led by Mr. Mounir presented adequate evidence to the minister of finance and her team, that Oando Plc had a clear case to answer with regard to infractions of the Investment and Securities Act.”