Commercial High Court two (2) presided over by Justice George Koomson, has set the 25th of February 2020 as date to deliver its judgment in the case of “Capital Bank Ghana Limited (In Receivership) suing Messrs Vish Ashiagbor and Eric Nipah versus William Ato Essien, Dr. Mensa Otabil and fourteen others.

Essentially, the receivers of Capital Bank are seeking to recover from the former shareholders and directors of the bank, a sum of seven hundred and forty-eight million, two hundred and fifty-one thousand Ghana cedis (GHc 748,251,000.00) they advanced to themselves as loans but have not paid back as at 14th of August 2017, when the bank was placed in receivership.

The receivers of the bank instituted the action against the ten (10) Shareholders and six (6) Directors of the defunct Capital Bank on the 2nd of November 2018.

Statement of Claim

According to the Statement of Claim, the Shareholders and Directors of the then Capital Bank approved payments of various sums of money to themselves in breach of banking regulations and without regard to the Bank of Ghana guidelines.

“The Plaintiff says that the Defendants knew or ought to have known about the breaches of Ghanaian banking regulations and company law being committed at the Bank” the Statement of claim stated.

“The Plaintiff says that the Defendants were engaged in a scheme of fraud on its customers, regulators and the public” the Statement of claim further added.

Reliefs Sort

In all, the receivers of Capital Bank are seeking fourteen (14) reliefs from the Bank. Reliefs one and two states as follows: “A declaration that the Defendants are in breach of their fiduciary duties to the Plaintiff under the Companies Code, 1963 (Act 179)” and “an order directed at the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Defendants jointly and severally for the payment of compensatory damages to the Plaintiff”.

Reliefs three (3) to twelve (12) essentially seeks an order directed at all the Defendants who allegedly took loans and have not paid back to do so. Relief thirteen (13) is for cost and fourteen (14) is for “any other relief(s) as may seem fit to the Honourable Court”.

The Defendants

The sixteen (16) Defendants in the case are William Ato Essien, Mensa Anamua Otabil, Oheneba Osei-Akoto, Stephen Enchill, Kingsley Atta Ghanasah, Otabil & Associates, International Central Gospel Church, and Kwadwo Ayisi-Ahwireng. The rest are Isaac Osah Thompson-Mensah, John Kofi Mensah, Edwin Obeng Donkor, Fitzgerald Odonkor, Amadu Montia, Kofi Kwakwa, Frances Adu-Mantse and Isaac Osah Thompson-Mensah.

Source: Asare