Drama in Court: EEDC presents its original name (EEDP)

Drama in Court: EEDC presents its original name (EEDP)

By Larry Onwuta

The Civil Rights Realisation and Advancement Network (CRRAN); has recorded a tremendous success and the group also scored its first legal point by forcing EEDC to present the original name of the company, Enugu Electricity Distribution PLC, EEDP to a Federal High Court in Enugu.

CRRAN in a press statement made available to Reformist news magazine online said this was the scenario that played out in the Suit: FHC/EN/CS/176/2017,OLU OMOTAYO (PRESIDENT CIVIL RIGHTS REALIZATION & ADVANCEMENT NETWORK“CRRAN”) V, ENUGU ELECTRICITY DISTRIBUTION COMPANY (EEDC) & 3 OTHERS.

The President of the civil rights group, Olu Omotayo said that the company went further to justify its’ claim by exhibiting a. Certificate of Incorporation issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission, signed by its’ Registrar General.

Omotayo told Reformist that the said certificate issued in November 2005 bears “Enugu Electricity Distribution PLC” EEDP, and Is attached to their petition.

“We submit that it is unlawful, mischievous and criminal for a company to be using a name different from the name the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) registered it to bear and use for business transactions in Nigeria”.

“We urge the Commission to invoke its powers pursuant to Section 548(2) & (4), of the Companies and Allied matters Act 1990, and direct “Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) to revert to its’ original name, known to Corporate Affairs Commission as “Enugu Electricity Distribution PLC (EEDP) and put same in all the signpost at its’ head office, offices throughout Nigeria, monthly electricity bills, vehicles, websites and payment portals”, he stated.

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In the statement that, “The Commission should also pursuant to the provisions of Section 548(2) of the Companies and Allied Matters Act ordered the company to pay to the coffers of the Federal government N100 (one hundred naira)per day for all the days of over 15 years the company has been using this false name”.

“Also the Commission should find the directors of the company who knows of this breach for over 15years, criminally liable pursuant to the provisions of Section 548(4)(c) of the Companies and Allied Matters Act”

“We urge the Commission to in the interest of justice act immediately on this complaint or we may be forced to approach a court of competent jurisdiction for an order of Mandamus to compel the Commission to perform its’ public duty”, Omotayo stated.

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