Intels reveals why it cut ties with Atiku Abubakar
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Nigeria’s largest oil and gas logistics company Intels Nigeria Ltd, said it had severed ties with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who was one of its major shareholders.
The company said it severed ties with Abubakar and his family after the former Vice President sold off his shares and exited the company last year.
Spokesman of the company Tommaso Ruffinoni, in a statement said that Abubakar, through his trust named Guernsey Trust International, sold shares of Orlean-Invest Group, Intels parent company, between December 2018 and January 2019, for a sum of approximately 60 million dollars.
“In the period between April and May 2020, Abubakar converted his remaining shares into a convertible bond that he subsequently monetised up to a residual sum of approximately 29 million dollars.
“When he requested to cash in the above-mentioned sum, our Group contested to Abubakar a debt, towards our Group, of 24.1million dollars.
“Without having received any answer regarding the matter, on Nov. 30, 2020, Abubakar was informed about the set-off of such sum while we made available the remaining sum of 5.4 million dollars.
Ruffinoni further said that “With the completion of the above-mentioned transactions, the era of Abubakar family’s involvement with the Group Orlean-Intels is over”.
He noted that on Dec. 1, 2020, the Group terminated also its working relationship with Abubakar’s sons, Mr Adamu Atiku Abubakar and Mr Aminu Atiku Abubakar, VANGUARD reported.
“Since that date our Group does not have any contacts, neither direct nor indirect, with members of Abubakar’s family,” Ruffinoni said.