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Xavier Rolet Resigns Amid Seplat Energy Debt Scandal

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Mr. Xavier Rolet, KBE, an independent non-executive director in Seplat Energy Plc, has resigned from his position two days after a Federal High Court in Lagos, Nigeria granted Zenith Bank Plc interim orders of Mareva Injunctions against Shebah Exploration & Production Company Limited (SEPCOL), Shebah Petroleum Development Company Limited, the Chairman of Seplat Energy, Dr. ABC Orjiako and others.

Seplat Energy, in a statement signed by Mrs. Edith Onwuchekwa, Director Legal and Company Secretary on November 9, 2021, had confirmed that the energy company was aware of the ex parte interim orders of Mareva Injunctions granted against SEPCOL, eight others, with an additional 29 cited parties.

The company, therefore, said, “We understand the injunction relates to loans made by Zenith Bank PLC to Shebah Exploration & Production Company Limited in 2014.”

However, it claimed the “Interim Orders give an administrative mandate to Seplat Energy Plc and others not to deal with the assets of (or transfer funds to) Shebah Exploration & Production Company Limited, Shebah Petroleum Development Company Limited and Dr. A.B.C. Orjiako. The order has no impact on the operations of Seplat Energy.”

Dr. A.B.C. Orjiako is the Chairman of Seplat Energy, the same person the injunction mandated the company he oversees not to deal with pending the outcome of the ongoing debt case.

The complexity of the situation might have forced Mr. Xavier Rolet, KBE, an Independent Non-Executive Director, to resign his position in the company to avert catastrophe peradventure it all blow up.

On Friday, Dr. ABC Orjiako, Chairman of Seplat Energy, who commented on the resignation, has this to say “We would like to thank Mr. Rolet for his contributions and the wealth of experience he brought to the Board. He showed great commitment and passion toward Seplat Energy’s journey and our transformational vision. We wish him well in his future endeavours”.

Profile of Xavier Rolet, KBE

Mr. Xavier Rolet, KBE. is an experienced CEO, Co-Founder, and Entrepreneur. Named as one of the 100 Best CEOs in the World in the 2017 Harvard Business Review, Mr. Rolet has demonstrated a history of successful turnarounds in the global financial services industry.

In his decade at the helm of the London Stock Exchange, the LSE’s market valuation rose from £800m to more than £15bn, transforming it into one of the world’s largest exchanges by market capitalization. He is currently the Chairman, Board of Directors at Phosagro PJSC, a member of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Stock Exchange Tadawul as an appointee of the Public Investment Fund, and an Expert Adviser to the Shanghai Institute of Finance for the Real Economy.

He has held various senior positions in the financial services industry throughout his career: CEO of CQS, a global hedge fund; CEO of Banque Lehman Brothers in Paris; co-head of Global Equity & Derivatives Trading at Lehman Brothers New York; Global Head of Risk and Trading at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein; Vice-President, International Equity Risk Arbitrage at Goldman Sachs New York; and co-Head of European Equities Sales and Trading at Goldman Sachs International Ltd in London.

Mr. Rolet received his post-graduate degree in Defense Studies and Economic Intelligence from Institut des Hautes études de défense Nationale (“IHEDN”), an MBA in International Finance from Columbia Business School, and an MSc in Management from Kedge Business School.

Mr. Rolet is an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE), a Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour of France, an Officer of the Royal Sharifian Order of Al-Alawi, and a Member of the Order of Friendship of the Russian Federation.

Is the CEO/Founder of Investors King Limited. A proven foreign exchange research analyst and a published author on Yahoo Finance, Nasdaq, Entrepreneur.com, Investorplace, and many more. He has over two decades of experience in global financial markets.

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Kogi Government Seals Dangote’s Largest Cement Factory

The largest cement factory in Nigeria owned by Aliko Dangote, the richest black man, has been shut down by the Kogi State Internal Revenue Service (KGIRS) for tax evasion and acquisition controversy.

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The largest cement factory in Nigeria owned by Aliko Dangote, the richest black man, has been shut down by the Kogi State Internal Revenue Service (KGIRS) for tax evasion and acquisition controversy.

A staff, who works at Dangote Cement factory in Obajana, Kogi State, confirmed the development, saying “in fact, I’m on my way home as we speak”.

The decision, which was obviously backed by the Kogi State House of Assembly, was supported by Kingsley Fanwo, the Kogi State Commissioner for Information, who said the decision was taken after an investigation was conducted into the acquisition of Obajana Cement Company by Dangote.

He said: “Pursuant to the Constitutional authorities of the Kogi State House of Assembly, and upon petition by the people of Kogi State, an investigation was carried out on the acquisition of Obajana Cement Company by Dangote Company.

“It was found that no valid acquisition took place, as Dangote could not show evidence of what was paid as consideration for the acquisition.

“The legislators invited the Chairman of the Company, Aliko Dangote, before the house for explanations but he failed to appear before the state assembly, giving excuses.

“The House of Assembly, therefore, ordered the closure of the company pending when they are able to present it with credible evidence of a valid acquisition.”

The cement factory was estimated at 16.25Mta capacity across five lines of production, making it the largest cement factory in Nigeria.

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NNPCL Acquires 380 Oando Retail Stations Among Other Assets

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) has acquired all 380 Oando retail outlets among other assets which include eight Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) plants and three lube blending plants. 

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) has acquired all 380 Oando retail outlets among other assets which include eight Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) plants and three lube blending plants. 

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited has acquired OVH Energy, a major downstream player in the oil and gas industry.

OVH Energy (OVH) Limited owns Onado and operates all the Oando- branded retail service stations across the country.

Speaking at the unveiling of one of the new NNPC Ltd stations formerly Oando in Abuja on Saturday, the Group Chief Executive Officer NNPC Limited, Mele Kyari, said, “The acquisition will bring over 380 additional filling stations under NNPC Retail brand in Nigeria and Togo”. 

He added that NNPC Limited has a target to attain 1,500 retail oil stations. The recently rebranded company aims to be the largest petroleum product retail network in Africa.

“It is absolutely not about assets, we are building relationships. At this moment, we are the largest downstream company in Nigeria and by this merger.  We are also likely going to be the largest downstream company in Africa.” the GCEO, Mele Kyari stated.

Other assets acquired under the OVH Energy deal include a reception jetty (ASPM) with 240,000 metric tons monthly capacity. The deal also included eight Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) plants, three lubes blending plants, three aviation depots, and 12 warehouses. 

Investors King could recall that the passage of the Petroleum Industrial Act, 2021 has transformed NNPC into NNPC Limited. 

Hence NNPCL is expected to operate as a commercial and profit-focused company. Unlike NNPC which ran for the government by remitting to the Federation Account, NNPCL has no mandate to do so.

The acquisition of OVH Energy Marketing Limited by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) is considered a landmark deal as NNPCL is set to refocus into retail oil marketing. 

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Mobility Company Uber Increases Fares in Lagos Due to Unfriendly Economic Conditions

Mobility company Uber via an email recently disclosed to its drivers that it was increasing its fares in Lagos.

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Mobility company Uber via an email recently disclosed to its drivers that it was increasing its fares in Lagos.

The company disclosed that this increase in price was necessitated by unfriendly economic conditions, coupled with the increase in the price of fuel which will take effect on October 3, 2022.

According to the email sent, the base fare will increase from ₦340 ($0.78) to ₦450 ($1.04), while the minimum and per minute fare will go from ₦600 ($1.38) to ₦650 ($1.50) and ₦14 ($0.03) to ₦16 ($0.03), respectively.

This is not the first time the mobility company is increasing its fare, it should be recalled that on May 10, 2021 Investors King reported that Uber was increasing its fares by 13 percent in Lagos. According to the company, the increase was to ensure a reliable earning opportunity for driver-partners.

However, the company’s recent decision to once again increase its fares in Lagos may come as a surprise to users but it is in line with its activities in other countries where it has operations.

Lagos is not the only city that has witnessed an increase in fares. In August 2022, Bloomberg reported Uber was increasing its fares in London by 5%, with plans to do the same in other cities across the United Kingdom. 

Uber has not been the only ride-hailing player to increase its prices. A report by Rakuten Intelligence revealed that the cost of a ride on ride-hailing apps had increased 98% between 2018 and 2021, driven partly by a shortage of drivers.

But in recent times, the company has begun pushing for profitability. In an email to employees in May 2022, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said, “we have to make sure our unit economics work before we go big.” The result of that has been an increase in fares.

However, in 2017 Uber reduced its fare shortly after Taxify, a growing competitor did the same. The company sent a message to its drivers via a mail which reads, “As of today, Uber has reduced fares by 40% in Lagos. This means you can travel for business or explore your city for less than ever before”.

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