Fire is said to have destroyed the lawsuit instituted against the former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu and tax consultancy firm, Alpha Beta Consulting.
The charge which was said to have been by a former Managing Director of Alpha Beta, Dapo Apara, suffered a setback due to the burning of the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere in the wake of the #EndSARS protests.
Speaking on the setback to newsmen, Apara’s lawyer, Tade Ipadeola said, “Everything in Igbosere High Court got burnt including the registrar’s copy of our application.
“In fact, the whole building was burnt to ashes. So, we will have to file again. The registry has been moved to Ikeja.
“We may have to file the case afresh at the Ikeja High Court but we have not yet been instructed to do so.”
Apara had sued the company, Tinubu, and the current Managing Director of the firm, Akin Doherty.
In the writ of summons marked LD/7330GCMW/2020, Apara gave a 42 days ultimatum to the respondents to appear or judgment may be given in their absence.
Apara had in his statement of claim stated that Tinubu controlled the company which was receiving 10 per cent of the taxes collected on behalf of the state.
The former MD said as the head of the company, he began looking into its finances and he made many startling discoveries such as mysterious transfers of over N20bn to various companies.
He stated, “N550million payment to Ocean Trust Ltd vide payment instruction dated the 15/5/18 N850million payment to Ocean Trust Ltd vide payment instruction dated the 14/3/15.”
The claimant said N960 million was spent on purchasing HITV’s 300,000,000 shares.