A business consulting firm, B4G Consulting Ltd, has asked a Lagos State High Court in Lagos to restrain Systems Applications Products from dissipating sums up to $3,371,945.27 and N5mllion with 28 Respondents including the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and 21 other banks, pending the hearing and determination of an alleged contract breach suit.
It is also seeking a Mareva injunction restraining the 1st – 28th Respondents from releasing to the SAP funds or other instruments belonging to the SAP and held with the 1st – 28th Respondents up to the value of $3,371,945.27 and N5mllion pending the determination of this suit.
It is further seeking a Mareva injunction restraining the 1st – 28th Respondents from releasing to SAP any funds or other instruments belonging to SAP and held with the 1st – 28th Respondents up to the value of $3,371,945.27 and N5mllion pending the hearing and determination of this suit.
It is also praying for an order directing the 1st-28th Respondents to file and serve Affidavits before the Court within seven days of the grant of the three prayers above, “disclosing an account of all monies, funds or other instruments belonging and/or due and payable to the Defendants/Respondents and held with them. Including but not limited to any pending contractual obligations and payments due to the Defendants/Respondents as at the date of service of this motion on each of the Respondents.”
The suit, which was formerly before Justice Ogunjobi, has now been reassigned to Justice Ashade and proceedings are to resume on March 26, 2021.
B4G Consulting Ltd & Anor, represented by Mr David Ogebe, are the Claimants/Applicants in the suit marked LD/ADR/519/2016, while Systems Applications Products Nig. Ltd and Systems Applications Products (Africa Region) (Proprietary) Ltd are the Defendants/Respondents and are represented by Adedapo Tunde-Olowu SAN.
28 others are nominal respondents in the application for a Mareva Injunction.
They include NATIONAL PETROLEUM INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT SERVICES, NIGERIA NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION (NNPC)
3. NIGERIAN PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LTD
4. DEPARTMENT OF PETROLEUM RESOURCES
5. CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
6. DEBT MANAGEMENT OFFICE NIGERIA
7. ACCESS BANK NIGERIA PLC
B. ECOBANK NIGERIA LIMITED
9. CITIBANK NIGERIA LIMITED
10.FIDELITY BANK PLC
11. FIRST BANK OF NIGERIA LIMITED
12. FIRST CITY MONUMENT BANK
13.GLOBUS BANK LIMITED
14.GUARANTY TRUST BANK PLC
15. HERITAGE BANK PLC
16.KEYSTONE BANK PLC
17.POLARIS BANK PLC
18. PROVIDUS BANK
19. STANBICIBTC BANK PLC
20. STANDARD CHARTERED BANK NIGERIA LIMITED
21. STERLING BANK PLC
22.SUN TRUST BANK NIGERIA LTD
23. TITAN TRUST BANK LIMITED
24. UNION BANK OF NIGERIA PLC
25.UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA PLC
26.UNITY BANK PLC
27. WEMA BANK PLC
28. ZENITH BANK PLC
Apart from the Mareva Injunction, the claimant is also seeking other reliefs in the main suit. These include:
“AN ORDER directing the Defendants to pay to the Claimants the sum of
$83,169.78 being outstanding and unpaid sums, $117. 60 in respect of hoteling for 8 Consultants from January – September 2010 and $267, 792 being pay for services of consultants between July to September 2010
“AN ORDER directing the Defentants to provide full details and render accounts including all reviews and payments received from the NNPC in relation to the Enterprise Resource Planning System contract between SAP and NNPC
“AN ORDER directing the Defendants to pay the full 10 per centum face value of the Enterprise Resource Planning System contract as valued at its date of completion. less previous payments to the Claimants.
Or in the alternative to prayer (3) above)
“AN ORDER directing the Defendants to pay the sum of $3,371.945.27 being the balance of payments due to the Claimants in respect of their entitlement to 10 per cent of the face value of the Enterprise Resource Planning System contract, among others.
B4G Consulting averred in its July 27, 2020 amended statement of claim that sometime in 2009 the defendants engaged it to help broker, procure negotiate, secure and implement an Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP”) contract (the SAP ERP contract with the NNPC.
The consideration provided in respect of the engagement was the supply or provision of services to a minimum 10 per cent of the face value of any secured contract.
Pursuant to the claimants engagement, a contract with initial value of $36.75m (subsequently revalued to $42m) was negotiated and secured between the NNPC and SAP.
The claimant commenced the supply or provision of services in line with the terms of its engagement by SAP, but before it could provide the minimum 10 per cent of the ERP contract, Claimant’s provision of services was halted – by SAP vide letter dated 12 July 2010.
SAP without any investigation whatsoever and without hearing at all from the Claimants issued a letter dated 12 July 2010 unilaterally imposing fresh contractual terms on the parties including demanding exclusion of the physical presence of the 2nl Claimant from the project.
Despite the Claimant’s letters in response dated 20 July and 12 August 2010 respectively, SAP ignored these letters.
“The Defendants did not issue payment advice to the Claimants but only made sporadic lump sum payments to the Claimants account on 21 and 26 July, and 16 August 2010 in the cumulative sum of $359.49295 without identifying which specific involces were being paid. This the Claimants have calculated the total Invoices issued in the month of June 2010 and deducted the payments made by the Defendants to arrive at the outstanding sum for the June 2010 Invoices.
But opposing the claimant’s prayer in its February 22, 2021 amended statement of defence, the defendants described the claimant’s case as frivolous, an abuse of court processes and should be struck out with substantial costs against the claimants.
They averred that the claimant was “not entitled to the $83,698.78, $117,66, $3,371.945.27 claimed in this action or any other judgments
“The Defendant states that it has no contractual obligation to make any disclosures to the Claimant with respect to the said contract as alleged by the It further added:
“The Defendant also state that they never agreed that the condition to be provided in part of the ERP contract with NNPC ‘is a minimum 10 per cent of face value of any contract’ as alleged by the Claimants.”
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