Nigerian football legend and former Super Eagles captain Nwankwo Kanu has raised alarm over to plans to take over his Hardley Suites on Victoria Island, Lagos.
He said although the matter is in court, an agency is about to “forcibly seize” the property.
In a statement yesterday, Kanu lamented that the property, which is a growing concern in the hospitality industry, was put under the temporary possession of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) by an ex-parte order on account of a purported indebtedness which is yet to be proved. The statement claimed that there were plans to sell the hotel under a secret arrangement.”
“WHILE I REMAIN RESOLUTE IN MY DECISION TO RESPECT THE SANCTITY OF OUR LAW COURTS, I AM HOWEVER CONSTRAINED TO ISSUE THIS STATEMENT TO CALL ON WELL-MEANING NIGERIANS AND ALL MEN/WOMEN OF GOOD CONSCIENCE AROUND THE GLOBE TO PREVAIL ON AMCON TO DO SAME. THIS HAS BECOME NECESSARY IN THE LIGHT OF SOME BIZARRE ACTIONS OF SELF-HELP EMBARKED UPON BY AMCON IN VANDALISING/STRIPPING THE ASSETS, UNDER THE GUISE OF RENOVATIONS, BUT OSTENSIBLY WITH A CLANDESTINE DESIGN TO BRAZENLY SELL OR HAND IT TO A THIRD PARTY UNDER SECRET TERMS AND THUS COMPLICATE/FURTHER STALL THIS MATTER.”
Kanu also added that funding for surgery and treatment of many heart victims by the Kanu Heart Foundation had come from his earnings at the Hardley Apartments.
The matter is set for hearing before a Federal High Court on February 14.