P&ID: UK court orders release of $200m guarantee to Nigeria
A London court on Tuesday ordered the release of the $200m guarantee put in place as security for the stay of execution granted Nigeria for the appeal filed against the judgment for the execution of the Arbitral award of $10bn in favour Process & Industrial Development.
P&ID had sought to increase the security to $400m but the court, presided over by Sir Ross Cranston, rejected the request and ordered cost of £70,000 against P&ID.
The court had earlier granted another cost of £1.5m against P&ID.
Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, who spoke on the development on Tuesday, said the Federal Government was pleased with the development.
He said, “Due to the substantial evidence of prima facie fraud established before the Court, we are pleased that the Judge has agreed to release the guarantee.
“We are also pleased that the Court has rejected P&ID’s application to increase the guarantee, which was clearly intended to be a diversionary tactic and entirely misconceived.
“This release which is an accretion into the reserves will further enhance the nation’s management of the exchange rate of its domestic currency, the Naira.
“This is a further and significant victory for Nigeria in our ongoing fight to overturn the US$10 billion award procured through fraud and corruption by P&ID and former government officials.”
Emefile further noted that P&ID was losing the case.
“P&ID and its backers, Lismore Capital and VR Advisory, are increasingly seeing their case slip between their fingers.
“They continue to resort to employing delay tactics, disseminating misleading claims, and taking every step to obstruct our investigations across multiple jurisdictions.
“The Federal Government will not rest until we secure justice for the people of Nigeria – no matter how long it takes.
“Investigations are ongoing, and we are confident that more of the truth will be revealed over the coming months,” he said.