Despite the believe that the ownership crisis rocking the foremost newspaper in Nigeria, The Daily Times, it seems parties in the crisis are yet to to come to terms with reality.
This is because both parties are still laying claim to the ownership despite court judgement on the issue.
The recent jam has to do with the proposed ‘DTN 91 Heroes Award’ being organised by Fidelis Anosike and Noel Anosike who have been acting as the original owners for some time.
Another group has come out to say the Anosikes are nothing but impostors. In a statement dated May 12, 2017 and titled: ‘Re: Daily Times of Nigeria at 91 Heroes Award, they claim to be relying on the judgments of the Federal High Court in Lagos and Court of Appeal, the ‘owners’ alleged that the Anosikes are neither officers, directors nor shareholders of Daily Times of Nigeria.
The statement signed by the Company Secretary, L.A. Idu, added that the Anosikes do not have the authority of the company to organise any ceremony on its behalf.
They therefore warned members of the public and organisations interested in participating in the ceremony in any manner that they would be complicit in criminal conspiracy for which appropriate legal sanctions would apply.
They drew attention to the certified true copies of the status report of DTN issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) on May 12, 2017, and addressed to the Inspector General of Police; Director General, Department of State Services (DSS), and the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) respectively, showing the current officers of the company, as to chairman, directors, shareholders and secretary, confirming that the Anosikes are not directors or shareholders in the company.
The names of directors of DTN were listed to include Senator Ikechukwu Obiorah as Chairman.
Others listed were Chinedu Oranuba, Chidi Ofodile, Hon. Joseph Chukwudi Okeke, Emeka Mbonu, Mohammed Zakariya Usman, Rashide Adepoju, Douglas Mbonu-Sam and Emma Nsoedo.
The letters also listed other shareholders to include: Arkngel Global Limited, Bontez Corporate and Allied Services Limited, DVS Limited, various shareholders, Independence Day Publications Limited, Wiparquet Limited