Anishere, Tunji Brown listed among bank loan defaulters

Jean Chiazor & Co., the law firm owned by maritime lawyer and President of Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) Nigeria, Mrs. Jean Chiazor-Anishere has been listed among “delinquent customers whose obligations are past due” by Fidelity Bank Plc.

According to the list published on Monday, Anishere’s firm is owing N52.52million borrowed on August 6, 2012. She was listed as the sole director of the firm.

Panafric Ocean & Energy Limited, which is owned by the Secretary-General of Nigerian Shipowners Association (NISA), Tunji Brown was also listed on the bank’s delinquent credit facilities list with N220.7million against its name while

Tunde Ayeni’s Globe Energy Resources and a former scanning company and destination inspection service provider, Global Scansystem Limited owned by Emeka Offor were listed as owing FCMB N175million and Diamond Bank N181million respectively.

MRS Oil & Gas, a major player in the downstream sector of the oil and gas industry, topped FCMB’s list of loan defaulters with a debt of N6.2billion.

The Central Bank of Nigeria which directed the naming and shaming of delinquent debtors with publication of the names of firms and their directors in the newspapers had said that the debtors and their companies may be banned from participating in the Nigerian foreign exchange market and the Nigerian government securities market.

The banks in the newspaper advertorial said, “In the circular, Ref No BSD/DIR/GEN/LAB08/022, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) directed banks to publish the list of delinquent debtors after a 90 day grace period from May 1, 2015 within which the debtors are expected to turn their non-performing accounts to a performing status.

“Such debtors shall be banned by the CBN from participating in the Nigerian Foreign Exchange Market and the Nigeria Government Securities Market.”

The banks also vowed to forward the list of the debtors to foreign embassies if the debts are not paid in earnest.

“The list shall be forwarded to foreign embassies, will be updated on a quarterly basis and posted on the bank’s website.”

The banks, which had published the lists of their delinquent debtors on Monday were Zenith Bank Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Union Bank Plc, Sterling Bank Plc, Skye Bank Plc, Fidelity Bank Plc, Stanbic IBTC Bank, Heritage Bank Limited, Enterprise Bank Limited, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Access Bank Plc, Diamond Bank Plc and Unity Bank Plc.

The four other banks that published debtors name on Tuesday are First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Access Bank Plc, Unity Bank Plc and Diamond Bank Plc that have Emeka Offor’s Global ScanSystem.

Banks, which are expected to publish the lists of their delinquent debtors later this week or before the end of the month are Standard Chartered Bank, Keystone Bank, Citibank, Wema Bank Plc and United Bank for Africa Plc.

Copyright Ships & Ports Ltd. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit given to as the source.