AMCON seizes Ben Murray-Bruce’s Abuja, Port Harcourt, Lagos properties

The assets are being seized following the failure of Senator Murray- Bruce and his brothers to settle an N11bn loan owed to Union Bank and acquired by asset management corporation of Nigeria (AMCON)

In the said order, Ben Murray Bruce’s companies are owing AMCON the sum of N11 billion which the companies have defaulted in paying up.  Kunle Adegoke, counsel to the Receiver/Manager, said that the sealing up of Mr. Bruce’s properties on Thursday had “all the paraphernalia of legality.”

“Aside from the fact that the receivership was done pursuant to deeds of legal mortgages duly executed by the three companies and guaranteed by Ben Murray Bruce and four of his brothers, there is a court order backing same up,” Mr. Adegoke said.  “It must be borne in mind that innocent depositors’ money is what the Commonsense propagator and his brothers have been living large and feeding fat upon without recourse to the interest of the real labourers who own the money.” 

Mr. Murray Bruce, using his companies sometimes in 2005 and 2007, borrowed various sums of money from the Union Bank of Nigeria Plc and defaulted in his obligations to pay back, according to AMCON.  “The said loan was purchased by AMCON in 2011 after the capital base of Union Bank was terribly shaky,” Mr. Adegoke continued.  “And the Commonsense senator has persistently failed to pay the loans and yet has been pretending to be concerned with the welfare of Nigerians whom he has been skinning alive in order to remain relevant and live like a king.” 

Realizing that Mr. Bruce was not ready to pay back the money, AMCON appointed the Receiver/Manager to recover the loan.  Agents of the Receiver, officials of AMCON, and large contingents of armed policemen were seen, Thursday, sealing up the premises of Silverbird Group of Companies in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.

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