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Supreme Court Throws Out $60m Judgment Debt Case Against NIB
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The Supreme Court has thrown out a review application seeking to overturn a decision that quashed a judgment debt an Accra High Court ordered the National Investment Bank (NIB) to pay Dominion Corporate Trustees Limited.

According to them, the application lacked merit.

The panel of seven justices of the Supreme Court made up of the Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo, Justices William Atuguba, Julius Ansah, Sophia Adinyira, Jones Dotse, K. Anin Yeboah and A.A. Benin, ruled that the review suit filed by Dominion Corporate Trustees failed to meet the conditions of review.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Jones Dotse said reviews should not be used by plaintiffs to reargue their case.


The suit was commenced against the NIB by Standard Bank Offshore Trust Company, which was later substituted by Dominion Corporate Trustees Limited, on behalf of investors who had purchased promissory notes issued by Eland Ghana Limited and guaranteed by NIB.

Under the terms of the transaction, the investors had to pay a discounted total sum of US$45 million in May 2007, and upon maturity of the promissory notes on January 29, 2009, reap US$60 million, thus earning US$15 million in profit.

During the trial, it was reported that, the NIB led evidence to show that its Managing Director at the time, Mr. Daniel Charles Gyimah, signed the guarantee without any authorization from the board.

The bank also led evidence to show that the US$45 million was not utilized for the advertised purpose, but was rather distributed by Mr Gyimah to Eland Ghana Limited and companies connected to it.

Other beneficiaries were Iroko Securities Limited, London, as well as private individuals, including Mr. Gyimah’s son.

The largest beneficiary was Sphynx Limited, USA, which was given US$24 million. It also emerged that Sphynx Limited was a fully owned subsidiary of Iroko Securities Limited.

In the counterclaim, the bank joined Mr. Gyimah, who according to the NIB did not have the mandate to authorize the promissory note.

Also joined to the counterclaim was Eland International Ghana Limited.

But the court, in its February 21, 2013 judgement, held a contrary view and declared NIB liable and ordered it to pay the $60 million, with 11 percent interest, with effect from January 2009 until the day of final payment.

Source: Peacefmonline.com

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