Lagos – Springfield Ashburton Limited, might
sue a local publication following allegations its Managing Director and Chief
Executive Officer, Kevin Okyere, was corrupt.
A local online publication (name withheld), following the
arrest of former Minister for Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke,
suggested Okyere was also involved in graft.
The publication alleged links between the duo.
“(The said publication) found that a £4.5 million mansion
belonging to the notable oil tycoon from Ghana, Kevin Okyere, provides a
connection between him and the recently arrested former Nigerian Minister for
Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke and her ongoing legal battles,” Springfield said.
It said such allegations were “ludicrous.”
The company said the house in question was paid for in
March 2014 and the sale closed in May 2014.
It explained the first contract awarded to Springfield
was in May 2014, however, the company received its first crude oil lifting in
June that year, which we got paid for in July.
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“We fail to see how a property paid for in March 2014
provides a connection to an oil contract awarded in May 2014.”
The company pointed out it started business in 2008,
before Alison-Madueke became minister.
“The claims in the media that our company's success is
tied to a supposed “connection” to Mrs. Alison-Madueke are preposterous.
"We have worked painstakingly over the years to
build our reputation as a credible and worthy player in the oil and gas
industry, and indeed we have come very far as an indigenous African company,”
Springfield reacted to the media allegations.
It threatened legal action.
“Any attempt to tarnish our image with baseless
allegations shall be met with appropriate legal action. Our company will not
hesitate to use every legal means to protect our interests as we owe that much
to our business partners, stakeholders and the general public.”
- CAJ News